3 Steps To Improve Your Knowledge Using Technology

3 Steps To Improve Your Knowledge Using Technology

In school, we were all told that knowledge is power. And at the time, that was the simple truth. The more you knew, the better equipped you were to get good jobs, make good decisions, and live the lifestyle you dreamed of.

Now, however, the truth is a little more complex. With the immense amount of knowledge available at our fingertips, the world is a more egalitarian place. You don’t need to have an Ivy League education to learn about almost anything.

Knowledge is still power, but its power depends on how you access that knowledge and use it. Not everyone knows how to find and adapt the knowledge they need, and if you can, you have an advantage above most of your peers.

The information is all out there, waiting for you, and by using technology to the max, you can ensure you never fall behind on your learning.

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Here are 3 steps for improving your knowledge using technology.

  1. Do online courses

Few people are eager to go back to university, and online courses might not appeal to you. But if you haven’t already, it’s time you give them a try. There are myriads of free courses, taught by professors from the best universities in the world, and it’s not difficult to make the most of them.

I make sure that I’m always “enrolled” in one course or another. Currently, I’m studying Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity in an 8 week Coursera course. I always felt a bit foolish for not really getting what Einstein was talking about. Now, by dedicating just 45 minutes a day, I’m getting some solid knowledge. There are simple quizzes, but nothing hinges on them unless you want to get a certificate to show off your knowledge.

By always being enrolled, I’m learning a wider array of things than I did when I was actually a student.

  1. Listen to audiobooks

It took me a while to get over my skepticism of audiobooks. But once I subscribed to Audible’s free trial, it took me mere days to get hooked. I love reading, but who has time for it? Really, who other than literature students has time for it?

However, simply by listening to audiobooks about anything and everything during my morning and evening commutes, I’ve suddenly become well-read for the first time in my life. I find that non-fiction books are especially good to listen to, as there’s no problem with stopping in the middle of a chapter or scene. Friends of mine love listening to fiction.

Give it a try with one of the big audiobook subscription services. You won’t regret it.

  1. Beat censorship

If you live in a country where information is censored, you have all the more reason to educate yourself. Whatever you’re not allowed to know evidently has the potential to change your life. Using a VPN service you can access all the videos, websites, and information that is censored by your government.

It’s incredibly important in a world in which politics has such a direct impact on our lives. Your knowledge of the world cannot be anything but deficient if you are banned from reading certain books, or listening to certain lectures.

Knowledge is power. But these days, it’s knowing how to access that knowledge and put it to use that gives you the advantage.

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