We now live in a world where the pathways of knowledge are increasing exponentially at lambda dna. The web and digital technologies have given everyone access to unlimited information and learning opportunities without even having to leave the house (not to mention the fact that we can sometimes learn so much more from fellow humans than from books). But this comes with one big drawback: how do you decide which websites or apps are worth investing your time in?
1. Read the reviews
The best way to decide if a particular website is worth your time is to read the reviews and see what people say about it. The most comprehensive review site for online learning is QQReviews. It contains 600,000+ reviews for all kinds of websites ranging from coding apps to educational sites.
2. Keep an open mind
Just because a website or app has 5 stars and plenty of positive feedback from users doesn’t mean you should automatically dismiss other sites with fewer reviews. If you don’t take an open-minded approach then you’ll never discover what could be the next best thing!
3. Consider your own learning preferences
Some people like to learn by reading; others prefer to learn by watching videos; and others like to have a mixture of both. Make sure you research thoroughly so that you can find a website that meets your learning needs.
4. Do it in your own time
Don’t feel pressured into signing up for hundreds of online courses, especially if you barely have any free time to begin with! If one course catches your attention, then sign up for it but try not to take on too much at once. Pace yourself so that you don’t burn out before the fun even begins!
5. Remember: it’s not the course but how you engage with it that counts
It’s all very well for people to tell you about a fantastic course that they’ve just completed but what really matters is whether you can make use of it. Remember, different people learn in different ways so don’t be discouraged if you did poorly or didn’t enjoy the same course that someone else loved. There’s always something new around the corner – or at least a new website!
6. Invest in your learning from the start
Don’t be afraid to invest in learning; even if your budget is tight there are many websites out there that offer free access to their courses but charge a fee for access to their forums and resources.
7. Don’t be afraid of failure
There’s a lot of pressure to perform well and be ‘perfect’ when it comes to learning online. But remember: the very first thing you need to do is step outside of your comfort zone and take risks – because if you’re not prepared to make mistakes then there’s no way you’ll ever grow!
8. Be brave
We’ve all heard about the thousands of ways we can learn, but always remember that there is something new brewing around the corner every single day – and it doesn’t matter how small and seemingly insignificant it might seem (for example, I just learned that there’s a website dedicated to Estonian linguistics!).
9. Use apps and websites to learn while you’re commuting or waiting around
If you’re like me, then you spend a lot of time traveling to and from places. Why not use that time in a more productive way by listening to a podcast or watching videos on your smartphone? You can even find fun ways to engage your people-watching skills; for example, there’s an app that lets you take notes about human behavior in real time!
10. Use your imagination
If you take the time to reflect on what you’ve learned, you might come up with some new ideas of your own. Instead of just being a passive consumer of information, why not use your imagination and think about how you can apply this new knowledge in a way that would benefit your life?
11. Invest in yourself
The worst thing that can happen is that you forget all about this great new resource; and even if it doesn’t work out then at least you can say: “I did my best!” And once again, it’s all about how we engage with something – if we don’t try, then why bother?
12. Take advantage of the digital world
Technology doesn’t get old – if anything, it’s only going to get better. So this is your chance to take a ‘time machine’ and learn about what’s around the corner. Remember: even if you don’t enjoy something, you never know when it might come in handy! You may end up finding that one day you’ll be able to use a completely new skill that you’ve never touched before.
The best way to level up your life is to learn new things and expand your mind. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, imposing too much pressure on yourself or forgetting about a course after you’ve completed it – just take it easy and enjoy the journey!
DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It is a material present inside the nucleus of every cell in our body that encodes genetic information. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, half of which are inherited from the father and half from the mother, who provide 23 chromosomes each.