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By taking courses, I have learned topic A. Through self-studying and discussion with others, I have explored topic B.

  1. I also study topic A outside the classroom. What I want to emphasis is that topic B is not in my curriculum, but I study it on my own.
  2. Extracurricular activities can include both activities contributed to academic study although outside the normal curriculum, but also activities not contributed to academic study such as sports, volunteer work, etc. I want to emphasis the former activities.
  3. Do you say "outside classes", when mentioning study by yourself, i.e.

    Outside classes, I have explored B.

If it were you, how would you rewrite the first quote for the same meaning?

Thanks!

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I'm sure I'm not the best editor around here. However, I would suggest that being clear about what you want to say is important. For example, if you say I have learned ..., it will be taken as you have finished what you learned. If you're still learning that course, you might want to say I'm learning ... or I'm taking an ESL course. If you want to say that you've learned for a while and you're still learning it, you should say I have been learning ... –  Damkerng T. Dec 21 '13 at 17:59
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While you can say outside classes, outside class, outside of classes, or outside of class, in my opinion the sense you intend is more clearly communicated with outside of the classroom. –  choster Dec 21 '13 at 20:17
    
Extracurricular activities are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education, performed by students. –  FumbleFingers Dec 21 '13 at 20:52
    
@choster: I also study topic A outside the classroom. What I want to emphasis is that topic B is not in my curriculum, but I study it on my own. –  Tim Dec 21 '13 at 20:59
    
@FumbleFingers: Extracurricular activities can include both activities contributed to academic study although outside the normal curriculum, but also activities not contributed to academic study such as sports, volunteer work, etc. I want to emphasis the former activities. –  Tim Dec 21 '13 at 21:00
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Sometimes, instead of "outside of classes," you might see:

outside the classroom

For example:

Most of what people learn in life was learned outside the classroom. Just because something was learned in a classroom doesn't make it more legitimate than other types of learning. (Reilly, 2009)

It is clear that a great deal of what is learned using computers is learned outside the classroom; at home, in vocational training settings, and at work. (Light & Littleton, 2002)

The CLEP involves a series of examinations providing college credit for life experience and knowledge gained outside the classroom. Hence, the program tends to be of benefit to older students who have been out in the work force for a few years. (Margolin, 1990)

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I always refer to learning I have accomplished on my own, outside of classes, as personal research.

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+1 for on my own –  Jim Dec 21 '13 at 20:39
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