Keep On Learning - Tips To Keep Getting Smarter
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
It’s easy to lose touch with your learning whether it’s over summer break or it’s been years since you were in school. Knowledge is an important thing to carry in life—it’ll serve you as long as you tend to it. Perhaps the process of learning overwhelms you? Maybe learning carries a negative stereotype of old, stuffy books and loads of homework? Or maybe you love to learn about new things? No matter how you feel, there’s a lot of value and enjoyment to be found in the process of learning. Use these tips to keep getting smarter in school or life and discover a new drive to learn.
Have a Beginner’s Mind
“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.” – Ray Congdon
Not everything you set your mind on to learn will be familiar or come easy. Don’t give up if you don’t pick something up right away! Remind yourself that it’s ok to be a beginner. You don’t have to be good at anything and everything the second you apply your mind and energy to it. Keep going and stay motivated even if it doesn’t feel easy. That usually means you’re going to end up learning the most from it!
Read Often, Read a Lot
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Reading is a valuable tool in education, whether it’s self-education or required reading in school. Reading not only opens you up to new concepts and ideas, it’s also been shown to increase emotional intelligence and social awareness. Dedicate yourself to finishing at least one book a month and choose a wide range of genres and subjects. Doing this will broaden your knowledge and stretch your mind as you learn and absorb new things. Even if you don’t have time, audio books are a great way to still get your learning in when you’re busy.
Apply Something You’re Learning
“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia
One of the best ways to learn and retain information is to apply it. Whether that means science projects at home, practicing a new writing technique, or speaking in a different language, the act of applying it on your own time will help the information stick.
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Making sure you’re asking questions is a sure-fire way to keep on learning. Asking a question doesn’t mean you’re stupid or uneducated, it only means you’re curious and eager to learn. Getting answers from a mentor or someone you look up to is also a great way to gain valuable information from someone you know and trust.
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” – Vernon Howard
Be curious about new subjects, interests, even about things you already know well. A curious mind will always find new things to learn and enjoy. Maybe that subject you hate has something fun and exciting to offer? Or maybe there’s something more in-depth you can learn about what you love? Staying curious will open your mind to new experiences and give you a broader and deeper learning experience.
Pro Tip: Explore new subjects through free online courses! The internet has made a wide range of education available to you. Take advantage of it!
Learning doesn’t have to be stuffy, boring, or something to dread. By using these tips, you can keep getting smarter and discover a new love for learning!
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King