Don’t think you have time to learn something new? Think again…
With technology constantly advancing, so are the opportunities to broaden your knowledge in a way that suits you – and you don’t need to be in a classroom to do it.
Whether it’s by making the most of your apps or using your commute more wisely, tapping in to new technology can be a great way to help towards your own personal growth – not to mention your career prospects.
To point you in the right direction, we spoke to Connect-Ed, the educational technology channel, who revealed five ways using technology every day will make you more intelligent:
Stop making excuses
No matter how busy your schedule, there’s always time to learn something new – and it doesn’t mean you have to dedicate all your time to studying.
Whether you listen to podcasts on your commute, watch YouTube videos on your lunch break or download apps to teach yourself something interactively, there are lots of ways to use technology and learn on-the-go.
And you’d be surprised at what you can learn.
From gaining the skills to code and advancing your ability in arithmetic, to learning a language or reading more about a topic you’re interested in, making the effort to use your phone, laptop or tablet to learn something new every day could make all the difference when it comes to broadening your skillset.
Take a course, get certified
Although it might take some initial hard work, gaining a certified qualification will pay dividends in the long run – especially when it comes to your career.
Taking an online course will also give you the opportunity to learn flexibly and connect with online tutors remotely. This means it won’t interfere with your lifestyle and you won’t have to spend any time in a classroom.
So no matter what subject you’re looking to study or how much free time you have, finding a course that suits you couldn’t be easier.
And, with courses to suit every budget, there’s really no reason not to get started.
Track your progress
Studying online is a great way to track your own learning and keep visible records of your work, notes and achievements.
Not only will this mean you can monitor your progress, it’ll also ensure that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of carrying books and folders around anytime you want to study or look back on your certificates.
And because it’s so easily accessible, you can effortlessly check back for a daily refresh to keep your knowledge current.
Just download course content to your device, add your own work – and you’ll be able to access it wherever you are.
Give yourself choices
If your nearby colleges, universities or local classes don’t cover the topics you’re interested in studying – don’t panic.
So, if you’re keen to get qualified in anything from garden design or photography, to leadership or nutrition – there’s no limit to what you can learn online. You won’t be restricted to a university prospectus and you’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge on something new and unique.
And, with a range of industry-recognised courses to choose from, you’ll be able to boost your employability at the same time – no matter how niche your preferred sector.
‘Meet’ more interesting people
Sometimes finding others with the same interests is tough – and if you’re the only person amongst your friends and family studying a certain subject, getting help with an obscure module or exam topic might be a struggle.
This is where the internet comes in.
Aside from connecting with like-minded students online, you can also access online forums and chat rooms that specialise in your chosen field. There, you’ll be able to ask questions, view other people’s queries, and take part in discussions and debates based around the work you’re doing.
And because forums are often run by specialists or have input provided by them, you can be sure that the advice you’re being given is valid.
So no matter what you’re looking to learn or how busy your lifestyle is – allowing just a few hours to expand your mind every day is a great way to use technology to the fullest.
And you can do it wherever you are.
No more books. No more hassle. And no more excuses.