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Why It’s Important to Always Learn New Things

June 3, 2021

Lifelong learning is a self-initiated education focused on personal growth and development. There are no pre-set standards as to how lifelong learning should be. It can take place within or beyond the four walls of the classroom and should be voluntary for the purpose of achieving personal fulfillment.

Learning is becoming more and more critical in the workplace since tech innovations continuously redefine and create jobs in the labor market. Companies have favored massive open online courses (MOOCS) to assist in their employees’ professional development. MOOCS are getting a fair share of popularity in terms of education modality. This platform is comprised of online distance-learning courses that are aimed at delivering the curriculum at your own pace. Technology, business, design, personal development, and language courses are enjoyed by people of all ages and professions in this modern and convenient learning program. 

Knowledge is everywhere. Even the simplest hobby of collecting stamps is putting learning into practice — from finding where to buy stamps, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, maintaining them in their original form, and studying each stamp’s history. Learning a new musical instrument strengthens your memory and forms reading habits, practices your multitasking skills, increases blood flow in your brain, allows for a mind reset, and reduces feelings of stress and depression. Books are timeless pieces of knowledge source. Reading a book can increase empathy, build your vocabulary, prevent cognitive decline, and alleviate mental strain. With many book sales and cheap ways to ship books, this is not so hard to do. 

There are plenty of reasons to keep learning and you should start today. Make your time useful, allot room for intellectual conversations, grow your small business and reduce stress through a learning experience. Here are other initiatives worth engaging in:

  1. Trying out a new skill. You might just find the fun in cooking, baking, bartending, or gardening.
  2. Self-taught learning. Researching on any topic of interest or learning a new language.
  3. Plunging into a new sport or activity. Taking a zen moment for yoga, increasing your adrenaline with martial arts, or just finishing an exercise.
  4. Getting in touch with tech. Discovering new smart devices and navigating software applications.
  5. Learn a course through MOOC. Business management or technology, take your pick.

Learning something new makes us updated on trends and technological changes. In these modern times, what you do not know makes you left behind. If you are fully unfamiliar with what you want to learn, look back and revisit moments in your life when you wanted to do something but had to defer for a variety of reasons. Whether it is for personal, passion, or professional education, you can definitely lean towards learning new things for personal fulfillment and satisfaction. Humans have a natural desire to explore, learn, grow and find ways to improve their quality of life, sense of self, self-esteem, and worth. When we are fully aware of the possibilities to improve ourselves, only then will we be able to see our true potential.

BIO: Bash Sarmiento is a writer and an educator from Manila who writes laconic pieces in the education, lifestyle, and health realms. His academic background and extensive experience in teaching, textbook evaluation, business management, and traveling are translated into his works.

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How More Music, Theater, and Dance Boosts Students’ Writing Scores: Top Secret Tricks

April 17, 2020

Writing assignments are an inevitable part of education, but they prove to be too stressful for many students. Multiple factors influence the writing scores including stress levels, understanding of the subject, creativity, the level of critical thinking, among other things. If you are looking to improve writing scores then music, theater, and dance could help you out. How? Let’s see.

Visible results

Students measure their results and success by things they see and although this seems obvious, writing doesn’t provide that. How? Writing assignments involve developing an argument or composing a paper on a given subject. Then, the student submits the paper to the teacher and waits for the results. For students who struggle with writing it can be difficult to assess their success and the level of progression until they get the score. Dancing, singing, and performing arts are different. The student can immediately see how well she or he is doing. How does this translate to writing you wonder? Well, doing well in performing arts gives confidence boost they need to express their thoughts, opinions, and emotions in the paper and develop or improve writing skills. 

Self-evaluation 

Performance of any kind calls for a great deal of self-evaluation. Whether it’s music, dance, theater, or something else the student will always assess the strengths and weaknesses looking for something to improve. The habit of self-evaluation can also serve in the improvement of writing scores. It teaches a student to take a look at the paper from a different angle and identify parts where improvement is necessary. Habits developed with performing arts can easily apply to the writing skills and their development and better scores ensue. 

Stress relief through conquered challenges

One of the biggest advantages of theater, dance, and music is their ability to manage stress and anxiety. Academic life is stressful and, as you already know, stress harms overall performance. When engaging in performing arts students learn how to manage and relieve stress levels which can help them feel calmer when writing and composing their assignments.

Enhanced cognitive abilities

Performing arts such as music lessons, dancing, theater, and others can boost cognitive skills in students. For example, studies show that music lessons can enhance language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning, and inhibition in students. Stronger cognitive function improves how students express themselves, sharpens critical thinking, and makes them overall more creative. All these factors are necessary for great writing scores. 

Conquering fear

Students tend to worry a lot about their teacher’s reaction to the paper. They are scared to express themselves out of fear it might lead to negative remarks. However, writing scores don’t work that way. Engaging in dancing, music, or joining drama group helps students conquer the fear and focus on themselves and their performance only. You learn how to be the best you can be without constantly thinking about someone else’s reactions. The freedom you experience when performing arts can help you conquer fears in writing assignments as well. 

Better writing scores is what most students want, but aren’t sure how to achieve it. The answer is simple; join a drama group, sing, play an instrument, and perform arts in some other way. Confidence boost, stress management, enhanced cognitive functions are some of many reasons why performing arts can help improve writing skills and contribute to better scores. They teach us how to feel free to express ourselves and evaluate the performance to keep doing better and better each time.

BIO: Kathrin Garner is an enthusiastic journalist and writes articles on social issues. As an activist, she takes part in the FV KASA program, which is a discussion platform on relevant cannabis topics. She searches for current issues and writes about it to a wide range of readers.

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5 Hobbies in College That Can Make You a Better Employee

May 17, 2018

Presumably, you are working your head off in college to graduate with a high GPA and hopefully land a well-paying job. That’s great, but did you know that the activities you engage in while in college can improve your experiences as an employee in the future? A recent study revealed that people who engage in creative hobbies were more productive and innovative at their workplaces. That said, below are some hobbies that will make you better in your work:

Community Work

Of all the things you do in college, nothing is more satisfying than working with your local community as a volunteer, unpaid worker or facilitator of charity events. It might not provide much in terms of monetary gains, but you learn some coordination and leadership skills, not to mention the goodwill that you get from the community. Essentially, you gain a new perspective from which to approach life.

Playing Musical Instruments

Regularly practicing and playing musical instruments is a rewarding undertaking that admittedly comes with ups and downs. Sometimes, you will think that you’ve learned enough keys to play the piano, but the next time you play, you suddenly happen to forget your steps. Through the disappointments and false starts, however, you develop traits such as self-discipline, ability to withstand failure, and learn persistence. These traits, as renowned businessman Panos Panay noted, make very successful entrepreneurs.

Writing

Writing is one of those activities that require you to be alert, creative and focused at the same time. It’s also a way of expressing yourself and releasing tension and feelings of anger. Writing regularly can make your brain more creative as you try to find topics to write about and the words to use. The advantages of writing as a hobby do not end at the workplace, however, as creative writing skills are still needed in college. This is more so when tackling topics that require critical thinking and good writing skills such as qualitative research essays and cause and effect paragraph topics.

Physical Exercise

Regular physical exercise is a great way to, not only get your body in shape and your health in check, but to also keep your mental health on track. The mental benefits of exercise which are relevant to your work performance include reduced stress and tension, improved concentration, feelings of satisfaction, and high self-esteem. When you’re feeling good about your body and have more energy, it will be reflected in your work performance. Your relationships with your colleagues and superiors will also improve, and thus you will be able to achieve more. Getting involved with exercises while still in college is a great way to cultivate a long-term habit that is beneficial to your physical, mental, and social health.

Reading

As a student, reading is a routine activity that’s seen as boring by most. Yet, reading lots of non-academic books or literature can be a source of fresh ideas, new knowledge, and perspectives. Reading different types of books further expands your knowledge bank and helps you see the world as the authors saw it. Depending on the genre that you read, you might even get a few useful tips on improving your job performance or getting better grades in college. If you listen to the most successful people in business and the world, including Former President Obama and Warren Buffet, they all admit being zealous readers and for a good reason.

There is really no sure way of being a good employee or finding a job. It’s all a matter of doing the things that work (like the tips above), and the results will come with time. Some of the hobbies named, like exercising, may be hard or expensive to start but as long as you are determined, they are very doable.

Which of your college hobbies has helped you be better at work? Share with us below.

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