Knowledge is power. It’s also constantly evolving. You can never rest on what you learned back in university and must constantly be pushing for more. This is easily accomplished in bits and pieces after you graduate or have obtained your license, but when you’re still at the start of your career, it can be immense. Studying and memorizing content for exams is tough, especially if you have struggled in exam settings in the past. Standardized tests are just the bare bones of determining what you know as well, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important.
Regardless of whether you’re at the start of your career worrying about things like the shelf exam of LSATs or you’re already years deep and want to keep learning and developing your skills in your own time, the answer is to look online. Online and digital tools have come a long way and now offer innovative, essential tips and tools to make studying, learning, and memorizing much easier.
Learning can really help propel your career forward. It’s also how you stay on top of trends and changing technologies in your field. To help make that learning easier, however, you will want to use this ultimate guide.
Start by Maximizing the Use of Your Note App
There are so many great note apps out there that can change the game when it comes to creating notes and saving other key pieces of information, like videos or images. OneNote and Evernote are two of the most popular. To really get the most out of these apps, however, you need to know what they can do and how to maximize their potential. For example, you can use tags to help you easily sort through your notes. You can also link out. Knowing how to easily create comprehensive notes that can then be accessed on all of your devices can change the game when it comes to keeping track of what you write down.
Online Practice Tests
If you’re at the start of your career, then chances are there are tests on the horizon. If the career you’re going for requires any sort of licensing, those tests are long, hard, and standardized. One of the best things you can do to prepare for such a test online is to take the practice test again and again. This is the best way to help you pinpoint where your knowledge is lacking and what areas need more focus. There are practice tests for everything as well. You can take the LSATs, shelf exams, and so much more.
Don’t just take them every once in a while. Use them to direct yourself. See what questions you got wrong and then double down on revising for those subjects. Sometimes, just practicing enough will help you get used to the rhythm.
Online Short Courses
If you ever need a larger, more comprehensive overview on a subject related to your field, consider taking an online course. Many of those courses are either free or very affordable. For example, if you are a doctor or training to be one, you can take online courses about different cultures or even one about medical bias and so on. These courses don’t include the technical knowledge you need to be a doctor, but they can significantly improve your ability to treat patients and really help lives, especially for women and POC.
Digital Flash Cards
You can create your own questions and flashcards online. Create your questions, and then test your knowledge quickly without having to carry around a massive chunk of paper with you wherever you go. Not only that, but you can also keep track of how often you get certain questions wrong. This tool is very similar to the practice exam but better suited for those who don’t have a standardized test to study or prep for.
If there’s ever a concept that you can’t wrap your brain around, go to a tutor. You can find these tutors online easily. You may not even need to interact with them directly. Tutors have created comprehensive video guides to help you understand and work through tasks on your own. If you do need that one-on-one time, find a tutor online. Thanks to video conference calling and cloud-based programs, you can easily learn wherever you are without needing to head out to a third-party location. Now you can bring your tutor to you without the added cost.
Online Workshops or Webinars
Another great online tool is to keep updated with online workshops or webinars. These are going to be essential in your career and can really help contextualize your learning if you are still in university. These are essentially the live version of the aforementioned short course. The other added benefit is that you will likely be introduced to the latest and developing concepts in your field. Watching these digital workshops or webinars (especially any recorded footage from the big conferences in your sector) is an essential way to keep updated on the changes coming to your field so that you can best prepare and adapt to them. From the new tools that are coming your way to how things like AI and security are going to affect your career, there is no shortage of hot topics that you will want to follow for the sake of your professional goals.
Use Task Management Tools
Task management tools can greatly improve your productivity and help keep your learning efforts focused and progressing. This is particularly important if you’re making a big shift in your career and are juggling your education with exam prep or a career. Task management software can help keep you on track and can even be extended further to help you keep yourself and others in your workplace or even study group focussed. Think of a task management tool as the ultimate way to stay organized, which, when you’re juggling so much at once, is an essential skill to have now and moving forward.