Education is a process of supporting learning or acquiring knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Educational methods include teaching, coaching, storytelling, discussion and targeted research. Education is often conducted under the guidance of teachers, but learners can also learn on their own with a variety of online courses, accessible library materials and educational games. Education can take place in formal or informal settings, and any experience that has a formative effect on the way a person thinks, feels or acts can be considered educational. The teaching methodology is called pedagogy, and post-school education - continuing education.
Formal education is usually divided into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and then college, university or apprenticeship and subsequent continuing education. The right to education is recognized by most countries and is free until a certain age. Also in most regions, education is compulsory until a certain age.