Without Going Back to School
Whether you’re thinking of changing careers, improving your knowledge about your current industry, or are simply tired of only being able to passionately discuss the latest Netflix binge, here are 10 incredibly simple ways you can learn without having to go back to school.
1. Listen to a financial podcast
Getting your money in order can be as easy as downloading a podcast episode to your phone. Whether it’s for your business or your personal life, make sure to save the episodes you like so you can go back and listen to them again.
2. Learn how to speak Spanish while you do the dishes
Make your chores a little more enticing by downloading an app where you can learn another language — like Duolingo — to multitask while you do mundane things like washing the dishes or folding laundry.
3. Take an online course
If you have the funds to invest in yourself, it’s never a bad idea to subscribe to an online membership community where you learn anything and everything from how to write a script to how to be more productive. Our favorite? Skillshare has a variety of classes ranging in times and difficulty to help you get your education on.
4. Listen to a Ted Talk
While Netflix sounds enticing the minute you get home from a long day, you can learn a thing or two if you watch a Ted Talk instead. Grab a notepad and pen, get your snacks in a row, and spend a few hours watching at least two to three Ted Talks a week.
5. Brush up on your history in the car
Instead of listening to the radio — which normally repeats the same songs over and over again anyway — opt to relive your high school days by listening to a few history-based podcasts in your car. One of our favorites? Stuff You Missed in History Class.
6. Sign up for newsletters that provide daily tutorial or tips
If you don’t have time to search for the latest news or teachings, let all of it come directly to you. Newsletters — like theSkimm — will send you daily emails about things that have been going on in the world. They categorize multiple topics so you can just scroll to the one you’re interested in the most.
7. Sign up for a webinar on how to begin your business
Webinars are a great avenue to explore when you’re not able to attend an actual event, or you want to connect with others via webcam. Most webinars are hosted by people who have a lot of experience in their related field and are willing to teach for a small price.
8. Travel to another country to learn about their culture
This one is a bit more of a long term goal, but never underestimate the lessons that travel has to offer. Immersing yourself in another culture that’s unlike your own is a great way to learn about another country and expand your horizon. Connect with the locals, try to learn their language, and enjoy their food.
9. Bookmark (and actually read) educational articles on Pinterest
Pinterest is not only good for those times when you want to figure out how you want to plan your wedding or furnish your room, but it’s also a great source to bookmark educational reads that you may find across the web. Create a new folder and pin articles, videos, or interviews on the topic you’re interested in so you don’t ever have to worry about where you saved your inspiration.
10. Follow science Instagram accounts
Switch up your feed with accounts that will teach you something new. For instance, NASA is a great account that tells you about their latest ventures and what is happening in a galaxy far, far away.