I really like this idea JD. I think that especially when it is interests based it stimulates us more to pull what we do know and how we understand it. (I have no meds in me so If I am rambling, I am so so sorry).
I actually do this and have been for the last few years with college. I am a scribe (Go figure, I can’t take my own notes but if I am taking them for someone else its suddenly this skill I never knew I had) so I work with students who have ADHD, or Physical/Learning disabilities and take their notes. I basically get paid, to take notes, without having to turn in the homework, and I learn a whole course I never had to pay for. So if I added up all the scribe work I’ve done that’s about another year of university. This has helped me test higher in certain areas. I also loved watching the local college broadcasts on cable that talked about things like Science and Math College Courses from when I was in the 6th grade.
The one thing, is I feel I’m a “Jack of All Trades,” …“Master of None.” - because there were always gaps in my competency exams I’d take. Again, essay prompts were a struggle because I couldn’t manage my time to say what I meant to say. (Ohkay I forgot what I was saying here so I’m going on to the next shiny line I see)
There are a few other things I know you probably may know but I learned them a few years ago. Certain Colleges are not accredited so if you place them on an application for a job years down the line, they may not translate and the job may still require you to go back to an accredited college to prove it. There used to be a list online of unaccredited places but I am not sure if it still is posted.
I also LOVE the aspect of not needing to do all the other work! I currently do not feel homework (aka struggling to get anything in on time and feeling as though I put in so much effort when no one else does, but it doesn’t matter if I missed the small details of the question - ok rant over lol)…homework shouldn’t define us, neither should quizzes and all the menial things. If we can explain the big picture and narrow in on the parts that interest us doesn’t it matter?
I am excited to hear of any concerns you may have and hope this brings a great new journey for you!