Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education (also self-learning and self-teaching) is
education without the guidance of masters (such as
institutions (such as schools). Generally, an autodidact is an individual who chooses the subject he or she will study, his or her studying material, and the studying rhythm and time. An autodidact may or may not have
formal education, and his or her study may be either a complement or an alternative to it. Many
notable contributions have been made by autodidacts.