When you persevere in the study of a subject, you join its learning community. In other words, you join a group of people who are excited about the same subject matter.
The social dynamics of these communities offer opportunities for informal learning. The more you become an active member, the more you will reinforce your learning.
As you progress in a field, your potential as a contributor will increase. So, you will move from being a consumer of knowledge to being a consumer/creator: from a simple receiver, to a receiver/transmitter. In other words, you will be able to give back to the community what it gave you when you started out.
There is no lack of ways to contribute. Very practically, to participate in and organise these communities, you will be able to:
Reply to questions in the forums;
Discuss orally, over the phone or by video link with other learners;
Create content (articles, videos, podcasts etc.);
Give training sessions;
Take part in conferences;
Participate in events (meetups, hackathons, etc.).
Become the mentor that you would have dreamt of having when you started out, whether as a volunteer, for your family and friends, or for remuneration.
You will see that, as well as creating value for other learners, sharing your knowledge will enrich your own practice.
Finally, in the next and last chapter, we shall focus upon the role of assessment in your learning. So, you will learn there how to assess yourself effectively.