Lifelong Learning : How To Be A Lifelong Learner

Learning is essential to personal growth, development, and to avoid boredom. When we learn we ignite our sense of passion as well as our sense of self. Many people turn off their desire to learn once they obtain a college degree, but doing so can lead to a life that’s stale. Rather than accepting the status quo, and deciding that learning only happens in a classroom, discover these ten tips for lifelong learning:

Read

Read anything you can get your hands on. Read magazines, books, advertisements, and cereal boxes. The more you read the more likely you are to discover new words and vocabulary, as well as fresh ideas and thoughts. Check out your local library or the New York Times bestseller list. At the very least, attack that stack of magazines you’ve been using as a coffee table.

Take a Class

Whether it’s an art class, a dance class, or a class on Quantum Physics, continuing your education in the classroom one course at a time will boost your creativity and help you continue to learn. You don’t have to work towards a degree, but if you do – it’s never too late to start!

Google Reader

Google Reader and other news feed readers can organize your favorite websites into one place. That way you don’t have to search the web for your favorite articles. Gather a list of your favorite blogs and news information websites and click the RSS icon on their website(s). Grab the link and plug it into your Google Reader account. Commit to reading interesting articles once a day or even once a week.

Connect

Connecting inside and outside of your social network will challenge you intellectually and socially. Connect with like-minded people on Twitter and LinkedIn and meet up with people that challenge you. Starting intellectual conversations with people that know more than you is a great way to continue learning well after graduation.

Discover how you learn

Understanding the ways in which you grasp information is the first step in accepting a life of learning. Whether you learn best visually or through music and sound, examine the ways in which you enjoy learning, and go after mediums that promote such.

Make Lists

Beyond to-do lists, make priority lists. Compile a list of the books you want to read, or the places you want to go. Start a list of skills you’ve always wanted to learn. Now for the hard part – complete the lists! Go out and conquer the goals you’ve mapped out for yourself to learn things you never thought possible.

Stay Curious

Remain curious well into your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. Don’t settle for how things are. Instead, ask WHY things are how they are. Examine the unconventional and stay curious about different ideas, cultures, and places. Maintaining a sense of curiosity will also maintain a thirst for knowledge.

Travel

It’s impossible to travel to new places and NOT learn. Discover other cultures (even if they are in your hometown or state) and expand your sense of knowledge. By traveling to different places you’ll learn about new parts of the world you may have never realized were so close.

Banish Fear

Many people stop learning because it’s safe. The world is a smaller and more attainable space when all we know is all we know – and this becomes a lot less scary for some. Banish the fear of the unknown and push your boundaries. Don’t be afraid of learning because through learning comes a new skill set and range of abilities you may never have known you possessed.

Realize it’s never too late

It doesn’t matter if you’re earning an online degree, taking a salsa class, or picking up your first science fiction novel – it’s never too late to try something new! People in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s are graduating from college after realizing their love of knowledge and ability to acquire a new skill set. Discover your desire and engage in lifelong learning now!

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About Allison Freeland

Allie Freeland is the Editor-in-Chief of CollegeOnline.org. She has been a professional writer for a decade and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. She brings a wealth of information about higher education, online degrees, college life, and career advice. Follow her on G+.