With any recipe, you have to have the right ingredients and prepare them in the right way in order to get the results you expect. Why should homeschooling yourself be any different?

There are a million different ways you can homeschool yourself, and everyone takes a different approach to their education in some way. Yet there are some things that you must do in order to succeed, or you will risk failure, a ruined education, or worse. Follow these four steps to ensure you succeed at homeschooling yourself.

1. Doing research

To succeed at homeschooling yourself, you have to know what you’re getting into before you jump headlong into it. You may know a lot about homeschooling already, in which case the research necessary will be minimal, or you may not know that much.

You need to make sure you have a thorough understanding of the rules and laws surrounding homeschooling in your town, school district, and state or area. It is becoming increasingly accepted, but different ares have different requirements. Some may ask you to work with a distance education teacher, while others want you to write standardized tests or check in every so often. Still others don’t care if you homeschool and effectively will leave you alone if you can prove you will educate yourself properly. Different curricula need to be on your list of things to research, too; this may be affected by the laws in your area, so look that up first and the actual curricula you want to use can come later.

2. Launching into it

Once you’re sure you are compliant with homeschooling laws, you can begin to actually homeschool. This may mean withdrawing from a public institution or simply beginning a course of instruction alongside public school, work, or other activities.

Make sure you have the support of friends or family members, as this will be a long and sometimes tiring process that takes away time you might otherwise spend with them. They need to understand how important this is to you.

3. Periodic re-evaluation

After you are successfully homeschooling, take some time on a regular basis to figure out how you’re doing. Are there any areas in which you’re falling short? What do you want to look up in terms of finding quicker or better ways of doing things? There might be advice, books, or software out there to help you.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t do well at first. Homeschooling yourself is a challenge, and you need to allow yourself time to overcome it.

4. Continuing to motivate yourself

If you want to continue succeeding at homeschooling yourself over the long-term, you have to be able to continually motivate yourself. Depending on your personality, you may be better motivated by memories of past successes, goals, or current situations. Figure out what works and use it to your advantage.

Succeeding at homeschooling yourself requires patience, time and effort, but if you truly want to and you have all the ingredients, plus the correct process, it will happen!