One of my favorite posts that I’ve done on In The Flux has been my lifelong learning post. Lifelong learning is something I feel so passionate about. And since that post, I have gained more tools (and blogging experience), so I felt that I should make a part two.
In the first part of this post, I will explain to you the general ideas of lifelong learning. I will also share the versatility of this mindset, and the benefits that can come from being a lifelong learner. In the second half, I will go into detail on how to implement lifelong learning. I will share my tried-and-true ideas that are accessible to anyone regardless of where they are on their education journey.
If you are inquisitive, always asking questions, and have an affinity for knowledge, lifelong learning is perfect for you.
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What is Lifelong Learning?
Unlike traditional learning, ie: school, college, etc, lifelong learning takes learning outside the classroom. Learning doesn’t have to stop after school, you can keep educating yourself on different topics, or even brush up on topics you have since forgotten.
One of the greatest benefits of lifelong learning is being able to control what you want to learn. No more curriculums telling what to do. With lifelong learning, you choose to learn whatever your heart desires, however it suits you.
Seeing yourself learn a new skill or hobby has tremendous benefits. It helps grow self-confidence, and aids in personal and professional growth. How great would it be to show off a new language you’ve been learning, or impressing all your friend at a game of trivia?
There is no wrong way to be a lifelong learner. All you need is a curious mind and an insatiable quest for knowledge.
Related: How to Cultivate Curiosity
Ideas for Lifelong Learning
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are 10 ideas for lifelong learning that are low cost, accessible, and can be implemented throughout your life.
1. Listen to podcasts
I’m a big fan of podcasts on this blog. And what I love most about them are the large range of genres to choose from.
A great way to find podcasts in a specific subject is a website called Listen Notes. All you have to do is enter a keyword and it will bring you to episodes, podcasts, and playlists in that genre.
To actually listen to podcasts, I recommend the Castbox app. This free app hosts over 95 million podcasts, and is a great way to keep track of your favorites all in one place.
2. Read a book
You might have some negative preconceived notions about nonfiction, but there are so many entertaining nonfiction books that don’t read like you’re in a middle of a college lecture. I personally recommend these science books written by Mary Roach.
If nonfiction really isn’t your thing, fiction books are also a great lifelong learning tool! I’ve noticed my vocabulary grow mostly from reading (regardless of genre), and listening to podcasts!
I am currently reading: What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy
3. Take an online course
As a blogger, I’ve found online courses to be indispensable when growing my blog. There are plenty of free courses, as well as paid options. Skillshare is a great option if you’re looking to pay for a course. They offer three genres to choose from: create, build, and thrive.
If you’re a blogger, then I recommend these free courses: SEO Bootcamp by Leanne Wong, and signing up to Ell from Boss Girl Bloggers newsletter for two free courses on growing your blog traffic and Instagram account.
4. Browse subreddits
Have any of your tried Reddit? I love using Reddit for fun (I love the creepy AskReddits), as well as learning something new. There are a ton of educational subreddits you can join and talk with like-minded individuals, and even professionals!
Who knew scrolling through social media could be education?
5. Follow people on social media
To piggyback off of #4, follow people online in your fields of interest! Check out artists, scientists, educators, and organizations to hear what they have to say.
Or find people just like you who are also interested in the same topics. There are so many communities on social media that help connect like-minded people. Go find your tribe!
6. Watch YouTube Videos
Did you know that there are several channels dedicated to bringing education right into the palm of your hand? Not just tutorials galore (which are so helpful!), but curated, easily digestible science shows perfect for the everyday person.
7. Download a news app
Ah, yes, everyones favorite thing. But did you know on apps like as Feedly, Flipboard, or any RSS reader, you don’t just have to follow news sites? You can also follow online magazines, blogs, or any other website.
What these apps do is take the RSS feed, which allows updates on any website, and puts it all in one place. Like Castbox (see tip #1) these RSS apps allow you to access all you favorite website articles in one place.
8. Keep a “To-Learn” list
Keep track of things you want to learn, or any resources you’ve found all in one place. You could put it all in a notes app, or a journal, or what I like to do is bookmark it on the Safari app on my phone.
So if I hear something on a podcast, or if I think of a question I want answered, I bookmark it to look through later.
It’s a quick way to remind myself to keep learning and asking questions.
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9. Start a club or group
This could be in-person, like a book club, or it could be done online. Going back to idea #5, you could find like-minded people online and create a group chat, or join a forum, or even make or join a digital book club! Yes, those exist! Read about that here.
10. Switch up your learning style
If you’re used to reading books, look into podcasts. If you learn offline, try something online. Or even switch up what you’re learning.
What’s so great about lifelong learning is that you have complete control over everything. Test things out, if you get bored, try something new.
I’d love to know what you think! Are you a lifelong learner, or interested in lifelong learning? What would you add to this list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.