People were sent to this world to learn something new on a daily basis.
Though it seems impossible but our brain percepts new information every day: think only about news you watch on TV or listen on the radio. But is it enough for our brain as its capacity seems to be endless? The purpose of each person is to develop and never stand in one place, so self-education is a necessity of the modern world. It is impossible to become an intelligent person without studying, and the more you study the more successful you will become tomorrow. Here we will mention 15 useful tips that will help each person develop and become smarter each new day.
1. Be curious
Being interested in everything that happens around you is the key to success. By asking many questions you learn a lot from other people and some of this information can be incredibly useful. Even some phrases said by other people can stick in your mind and be in handy in other situations.
2. Go out of your comfort zone
All people got used to living in some frames and never want to leave them. But there is a question: are you sure that if you try anything new, it will not be liked by you? A new experience that might be frustrating at the beginning can become a hobby for the whole life – it is enough to start. If you got accustomed to reading books, try reading other sources like magazines or online editions – that will undoubtedly give some visible results.
3. Improve the basics
Each person receives a baggage of knowledge at the educational establishments, but it is not right to believe that is enough. Being competent in one area must inspire you to develop further. Learn new languages and that will help you to get acquainted with new cultures, improve your writing and that will contribute to your future promotion at work etc.
4. Read every day
Even a bit of reading can be incredibly useful for self-education. Make it a habit to take some reading with or make up a schedule where you will devote some time to reading and soon you will see the results – fluent language, minor mistakes, ease of expressing are only some benefits you might gain.
5. Learn with others
Join other learners, who may inspire you for new discoveries. That will help you to associate yourself with educated people and improve self-estimation. Don’t avoid attending conferences, talks, seminars as being among educated people can be rather useful.
6. Encourage others by your own example
If you are one of the parents and wish your child to read books, the best way to encourage him or her to do that is setting your own example. It will be productive not only for a kid but for yourself too. Children follow the steps of their parents very often, so be a proper example and do your best in self-education for your child to be successful in future as well.
7. Opt for online learning
The diversity and volume of information offered on the Web can be compared to thousands of libraries and educational centers. Bloggers with their personal opinions, online learning platforms, editions, news are only a small part of knowledge that will do justice for you. If simple reading is not your strong point, the Internet offers a variety of interactive methods including videos, games, tests, worksheets and so on. Here everyone will find an approach to studying suitable personally for him.
8. Find a leader or model to follow
It is always nice to have a good example that will inspire you for further self-development. Many people take after their relatives, but today it is possible to follow lives of successful public people and take some hints that might be in handy for your development too. Find a person, who makes a difference personally for you, and he or she will be an inspiration for the further relevance of yours.
9. Make the environment for studying productive
All people are different in the ways they percept information, so it is important to analyze your learning environment and make it as productive as possible. It may be a good studying space, both silent and comfortable, or a new device that will be your indispensable helper in any situation to study each free minute anywhere.
10. Distinguish crucial and background information
Not all the information mentioned in the news, for example, is worth your attention. Should you really remember the names of the people, who committed crimes or suffered from some diseases? This information can be interesting right now, but there is no need to remember it for a lifetime, undoubtedly.
11. Learn gradually
Not everything we learn is needed to me memorized. If you decided to deepen your knowledge of anything new, it is always better to start with basics and follow the ladder that starts with the simplest facts and gets harder with every new step. Starting learning from the end can be rather painstaking.
12. Follow provided references
Many articles or researches are usually provided with references. If you were lucky enough to find an interesting piece of reading and you require more information, following up references may prevent you from wasting time for searches and be a decent and credible source of reading.
13. Suppose that not everything that is written is 100% TRUTH – analyze
Even the most relevant sources can have mistakes or misprints, so all the information you get should undergo your analysis. Use different materials, consider various viewpoints on the same fact to make the most reasonable conclusions.
14. Review everything you have read
Reading itself is a very good thing, but if you make summaries of everything you read, that will make learning even more effective. Such pieces of writing will ease the process of material absorption and be useful for repeating if you forget something vital.
15. Set your goals!
Even the most efficient learning can seem endless if there is no exact objective. For example, it will be much more exciting to learn about a certain country in advance if you set a goal to go there in future. The same situation is with learning languages or driving a car. Any new skill must have its future realization or at least a plan to do that – only in this case, self-education will be objective and inspiring.
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