4 Ways to Continue Learning Outside of the Classroom

When we talk about learning or education, we usually equate it with being a student sitting in a school classroom. Most people fall into the idea they must learn and focus on education until they graduate high school at age 18 or college in their 20s. And then they are all done! Their education is behind them and they are now ready to go out into the world.

While it’s a great and meaningful moment to leave the classroom and start contributing to the world in other ways, the idea that our learning stops with our classroom education is a backwards view. Our journey in life is long...so why limit our education at such a young age?

Education takes many forms. And to succeed in the current and future economy, education must be a continuous process. Below are four important ways to easily continue learning and exploring no matter what we do and how busy our lives become.

Watch videos on Khan Academy

...or any other website that has instructional and educational videos! From math and science to art history and grammar, Khan Academy provides short videos to educate people all over the world.

Interested in a topic you don’t see on their website? There are plenty of other great options, such as Lynda for design, photography, web development, and more. Or Coursera! Seeking insights from some of the best minds, go to Ted Talks. The chances are high of finding a great video on YouTube itself, as well.

Find Local Workshops

If you’re looking for something a little more personal than online videos, local workshops are happening everywhere...you just have to look. Workshops can include anything from lessons on cooking and gardening to coding and biology. Check out websites like Verlocal, or look at bulletin boards at your local coffee shop. Community Colleges offer many types of workshops from hobby to travel.

Do Freelance Work

If you’re feeling uninspired by your day-to-day work, take some initiative to find freelance work! Freelancing is a great way to keep skills sharp and learn new skills that we wouldn’t learn otherwise. These jobs could range from using brain power to do analytical or creative work, to spending time outdoors using our hands. Check out Upwork or Freelancer to see what skills are in demand.

Read!

Finally, the easiest way to continue to learn outside of school is by reading. Books are full of information that our brains consciously and subconsciously take in, letting us expand our view of the world and gain knowledge. Don’t be afraid to read many different books with a range of topics, from educational guides to young adult dramas. Your brain will thank you in the long run.