Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) is self-directed learning that is related to but different from informal learning. in a sense, autodidacticism is "learning on your own" or "by yourself", and an autodidact is a self-teacher. autodidacticism is a contemplative, absorptive procession. some autodidacts spend a great deal of time reviewing the resources of libraries and educational websites. one may become an autodidact at nearly any point in one's life.