I got a book titled Self-study vocabulary practice. Can I replace self-study with self-education?

Does it make sense to use self-learning in the statement of above?


Here are some examples that you might find useful:

  1. I am educating myself
  2. I am an autodidact
  3. Self-study often leads to rapid but shallow knowledge acquisition
  4. While trying to educate myself about the benefits of self-study, I found that "self-education" and "self-learning" are short-circuited and incorrect terms.

In summary: Self-study is the acceptable term; the other choices that you mention are probably not what you want to use.

  • If you are going to suggest a word like autodidact, it is probably important to mention that almost nobody will recognize the word or know what it means. – Kosmonaut Jan 2 '11 at 19:41
  • @Kosmonaut: I agree with what you say, though I note for the interested few, that speakers of German might easily understand what autodidact means (I have often heard some of them use Autodidakt). – Suvrit Jan 3 '11 at 17:28

Self-study is the standard word to use here, not self-education or self-learning. Also, education usually refers to something broader or more long-term.

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