The Learning Corner | Learning and Sharpening Skills
Our world today has an astronomical amount of information available to us at our finger-tips. With that being said, it is imperative to learn new skills to keep up to the changing labor industry. In order to learn something new, we need to find new information, and someone to teach it to us. This short guide should set you on the right path when it comes to self help and intellectual growth!
Where to find the new information.
When the world is at your fingertips, you can learn anything! The main question to answer is, where to look. When we were younger, the library seemed to be the only place to find good information, and even then, the data could be old. The internet has all of the new information your heart can desire. Even better, it is all accessible in that little box called a smartphone we all carry around! With the speed our phones can browse, the internet is by far the largest resource for information we have. Also, read books. While it may seem like this form of media is on its way out, books are a cornerstone to being successful today.
The average millionaire reads at least 10 books per year. There has to be a reason for this, even though others say books are less useful. People are still writing and publishing books every day, so don’t worry about obsolete information. If you come across a book that you may feel is old, check the publishing date. If it is outdated, check online for new information. Finally, pick other peoples’ brains! If you have a particular field you want to learn more in, and excel in, find someone who already does just that. By being able to refer to a person experienced in whatever you are learning, you also gain a guide to help you. Traditional education follows this model through teachers and professors at colleges and universities.
The first place most people go in order to find information by themselves is online. There are so many online universities and course resources that you can put together complete classes from different sources and become an expert in no time. Places like coursera.com and udemy.com are excellent resources with a very broad field of contributors, and thousands of classes to choose from. If you are already progressing in a very specific field, such as behaviorial analysis, more specific sites have fantastic content. For example, lets say you are a behavioral technician and you want to get your RBT certification or your BCBA certification, studyaba.com has some of the best practice tests, mock exams with feedback, and value on the internet! They keep their content fresh, relevant, and accurate, with over 99% of their students passing their respective exams. Specific sites like this hold great value because they are already tuned to exactly the information you need.
YouTube has millions of free educational videos on it. By signing up for a free profile, you can bookmark videos, subscribe, and then go back to review them. Many people today are turning to YouTube to learn new skills, and even teach others something unique that they might know. If you search a topic on YouTube, you’ll likely find plenty of videos teaching you the information and skills needed to succeed in that field. Also, make sure you subscribe to the channels you like. If you are taking a course on your own and find a channel that’s relevant, subscribe! This may be the best way to find more information useful to you. By simply searching for the information you seek in a form of a question, YouTube can find the answer in the most relevant form of video. YouTube Learning is a platform many people choose when researching through the information titan.
Udemy, Coursera, Etc
There are many, many online domains dedicated strictly to education. Udemy, Coursera, StudyAba.com, Duolingo, and more are all popular options for online education. While sites like Udemy and Coursera are massive collections of different courses and information. Smaller sites like studyaba.com focus with surgeon-like precision on the information you need to succeed in specifically your field. Sites such as Duolingo, focus on learning new languages and understanding the culture associated with them. Still other sites, such as history.com, are actually affiliates of large companies like National Geographic, or The History Channel. They strive to bring a wide range of topics under a large umbrella topic, such as history in this case, to one place. Sites like this are great for broad searches within a topic. By searching in a site dedicated to history as a whole, you can search for special historical topics within.
People are an excellent resource when it comes to learning something new. When you go to a new job, how do you generally learn how to do the necessary tasks once you are on site? Someone else trains you. People are able to use their prior experiences to learn the best ways to achieve a goal; this is what separates us from the rest of creation. Just like your teachers taught you the skills you needed to grow up, interact with others, and problem solve, people can teach each other so much. If you are looking to gain a particular skill, reaching out to someone who already is established in the field will give you an advantage going forward. While it is very likely you will struggle at first in a new field, having someone who knows what they are doing, will accelerate your learning that much more.