What’s Next: Reinforcing Your Learning Easily After Training

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When it comes to learning something new, it’s common to get hungry for more information and get your hands on different sources. Attending a workshop is just the tip of the iceberg, and you’d naturally gravitate towards further studies of the subject or getting to practice what you learned. The good news is this is how learning is meant to be experienced!

Learning in multiple ways from different sources boosts the brain’s capability to retain the information you’ve gathered. Whether this is a new skill that you’d like to apply at work or information you need for your exam in the next couple of weeks, studies show that the one-and-done approach isn’t effective when it comes to digesting new info.

For instance, after attending an in-person workshop, you may want to look at videos or articles online related to the subject, so you can broaden your understanding. You can even touch base with people in your area who are experts on the topic or with fellow trainees from whom you can learn something new, too.

In this post, we’ve compiled different resources that you can use, both online and offline, to speed up your learning and invest in your professional development. After all, one of the ingredients to success is to keep on learning. Here’s how you can educate yourself efficiently.

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Where to Learn Online

The internet has not only made the world a smaller place, but it has dramatically influenced just how easy it is to learn new things, too. If you’re looking for ideas on where to find a cool short course or maybe watch an educational video during your commute to work, we’ve got you covered with this list.

Educational YouTube Channels

  • College Info Geek — Thomas Frank, who goes by the alias College Info Geek, shares school advice and tips on his YouTube channel—from getting better grades to increasing all-around productivity.
  • Charisma on Command — Charisma on Command is a neat channel that teaches you tips on how to be confident and impress a crowd with your communication skills.
  • TED Ed — Known for inspirational talks that cut across different topics, TED Ed is popular on many social media platforms. According to their bio, their mission is to capture the voice of great educators worldwide.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  • edX — This MOOC offers over 2000 free online courses from over a hundred reputable learning institutions worldwide, like Harvard and MIT. They are well-known for their classes in the humanities and natural sciences.
  • Coursera — Much like edX, Coursera also has a ton of online course options to choose from. It has more courses on professional training, like computer science and business.
  • Udemy — Udemy is a user-friendly MOOC that offers a wide range of topics from design, social media, and marketing to art, music, and mindfulness.

Online Publications (blogs, magazines)

  • Lifehacker — Need a better way to do something or advice on how to improve the quality of your life? You can get tons of good reads from Lifehacker. Catch something written here about almost anything under the sun!
  • The Happiness Project — Who says happiness can’t be taught? The Happiness Project is both a fantastic online and offline resource on how you can improve your mood and appreciate life more, reminding you that happiness is in the journey, not the destination.
  • Cook Smarts — If you want to learn how to cook healthier meals, you can turn to Cook Smarts for their extensive catalog of meal plan ideas or easy kitchen hacks for your convenience.

Mobile Apps

  • Duolingo — If you’ve ever wanted to learn another language, there’s no better time than now. Duolingo is a fun, gamified language learning app—and you can do it right on your phone. Use it to complement in-person classes or after practicing conversing with a friend.
  • Peak Brain Training — If brain training workouts are more your speed to improve cognition and learning speeds, this app is perfect for you. The Peak Brain Training app gets harder as you exceed a level and shows you areas of your brain you can work more on.
  • Photomath — If you ever need help solving a complicated math problem, Photomath is here to save the day. All you need to do is to point the camera on the problem, and it’ll scan it and provide solutions and answers. Make math more fun and understandable!

Where to Learn Offline

There are still advantages to attending face-to-face learning opportunities like workshops and seminars. The chance to network during these meet-ups is incomparable to online learning opportunities. If solo learning is your thing, there’s also an offline counterpart for that. Here are more examples where offline learning can take place.

1. Local meet-ups

Your community might hold meet-ups in your area to talk about your shared interests and exchange information you’ve learned in the respective workshops you’ve attended. Try searching for events near you that cater to your specific interests.

2. Mentorships

You could touch base with subject matter experts, professors, or prominent figures in your industry and undergo an apprenticeship with them. This could be someone whose seminar you’ve attended or a teacher you’ve had in school. The length and scope could vary depending on your agreement.

3. Universities

You could go for continuing education options and look at schools that offer short courses, depending on your interests and location. A popular example is a fashion or interior design short course.

4. Books

Nothing wrong with self-studying if that’s what you prefer! Buying textbooks or borrowing from your local library are great ways to do some further research on a topic. This idea will fly better for those who prefer some quiet time when soaking up new information.

5. Workshops and seminars

You can sign up for local one-day workshops or weekend seminars provided by reputable organizations in your area. From business and professional classes to artsy ones, this is probably one of the most popular ways you can learn a new skill.

If you’re looking for workshops you can attend, you can hop onto Guthrie-Jensen’s Public Seminars page for more information. You’ll see a list of our best-selling programs, like our 5-Day MBA program in Metro Manila and Cebu, and get a chance to experience premium learning opportunities in your area.

Learning Never Stops

There are a lot of opportunities nowadays to beef up and add to your existing skillsets. To adapt to the ever-changing needs of the professional landscape, it’s wise to train yourself as much as you can and enjoy yourself in the process. Whether you choose online learning, offline, or both, you’ll definitely end up a winner. Learning something new is priceless!

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