3 ways to increase your knowledge: You are not born with all the knowledge you need to live and work in this world. So you have to acquire it. And while there are many ways of doing so, some are easier than others.
Also, general knowledge questions will help you understand the world around you, which is a valuable skill. One of the best ways to increase your knowledge is by reading. You can read books on subjects that interest you, but this can take up a lot of time.
This article covers three of them:
Allocate Some Time for Reading
How much time do you spend reading? If you’re like most people, probably a lot less than you’d like to. And suppose you’re a college student in particular (like me). In that case, the chances are pretty good that your schedule is packed full of classes and extracurricular activities, which means there’s only so much time for reading outside of class.
To help increase your reading time, try following any or all of these tips:
- Read for at least 30 minutes daily, and make sure it’s something other than your textbook or notes. This could include news articles from reputable sources, classic literature, blogs written by experts in their fields (e.g., Scientific American), etc.
- Read for at least five days a week, and don’t just stick with one type of material. Variety is essential when teaching yourself new things, so pick up some biographies one week while also working on improving your vocabulary with some short stories another day during the week before tackling yet another nonfiction book on Saturday evening (make sure they aren’t too heavy.). The more variety there is in what kinds of information we take in as learners, the more likely we’ll retain what we’ve learned over time because our minds won’t get bored after being exposed constantly.
Make Your Notes
When you make your notes, you’ll be able to understand and retain the information better. Plus, making notes allows you to think about and connect ideas in ways that don’t come naturally while reading. For example, when you extract key points from an article or lecture, write them down as if they were your thoughts on the subject, including non-verbal cues such as bolding or italicizing essential phrases.
If you can’t take notes by hand, try recording audio or video of yourself while reading through a text (or listening to an audio recording). You can then play back the recording while working through flashcards or other study aids until it becomes second nature. This will help cement those critical points in your brain, making them easier to recall when exams roll around later this month.
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The good news is that there are many different ways for learning materials: paper books, eBooks on a tablet computer like iPad Pro (which comes with great apps like Apple News+ magazine subscriptions), and online courses at platforms like Khan Academy, where students watch videos from teachers who explain concepts clearly.
Take Control of Your Learning Processes
What do you want to learn? How can you take control of the process? If you’re going to learn a new language, start by choosing which language you want to study. Then look at various resources and decide how best to use them. Finally, research how other people have learned it so your approach will be different from theirs but still adequate for yourself.
When planning out which resources are right for you, remember that not all resources are equally good or equally useful.
For example, a lot of websites and books claim they can teach anyone anything in no time at all, but they’re probably full of BS, and even if they aren’t full of BS (which would still mean they were lying), they probably won’t be as effective as taking control yourself. So take action: figure out what works best with your learning style, then do it.
Once again: when making decisions about what is most valuable in terms of time spent studying versus time spent doing something else like watching Netflix or playing video games (or drinking beer), remember that learning takes effort; therefore, don’t waste too much time on things that don’t matter in the long run like watching TV shows or movies instead.
You Can Increase Your Knowledge
You can increase your knowledge. Despite what you might have been told, there are many ways to do so. Some of these ways are obvious, but others are slightly sneaky. The key is to know about them and then put them into action.
Here’s a list of three simple ways that you can increase your knowledge:
- Read books or articles. This is the most obvious way to increase your general knowledge because it’s easy to see how reading adds valuable information to the total of what you know at any given moment.
- Make notes while reading. You can take notes while reading anything from news articles on Facebook (or anywhere else) up through books or journal articles; whatever format best suits your needs.
- Take control over how and when new information enters your brain by setting aside specific times each week when it’s okay for you to learn new things (e.g., “Monday mornings at 9 am”).
This blog post has shown you how to increase your knowledge in three ways: allocating time for reading, making notes, and taking control of your learning processes.
All three methods are effective, but each person will have different needs depending on their situation. I hope that this post has inspired you to take action towards increasing your knowledge and becoming more knowledgeable in whatever subject it may be.