‘We learn something new everyday’ is a saying that many people can relate to perhaps more than they think. We are always looking for ways to enhance learning. Even if that’s reading a book you chose from the library, a makeup tutorial on YouTube, or even if it’s a life lesson about those sambuca shots you did the night before that didn’t agree with you, so you definitely won’t be doing those again.
These are all ways of learning that many people engage with on a daily basis. And why not, learning is great for us, it increases creativity and imagination, stimulates our brain activity and most importantly, it is fab for our self-esteem. It can also make us better people and feel better in ourselves! Yay for learning!
One way I have been enhancing my own learning recently is through Lynda.com, a site that enables you to learn new skills when it is convenient to you. Whether its things you need to discover about marketing or you want to learn new or enhanced skills in design, Lynda offers thousands of courses. It has something for everyone. One thing I love about it is that it focuses on the main three learning techniques; aural, visual and kinesthetic. The beauty with Lynda is with every course comes a video tutorial, a task and even the script of the video to read along with, so this way you get the opportunity to experiment with the different learning methods, or just use the method of learning which is suited to you.
Some people may learn best from listening to an explanation while others learn more from watching or participating themselves. Everyone has their preferred ways of learning and a mix of styles that help them. As for me, I have never been the type to engage in the classic PowerPoint presentations at school or taking notes on a topic I have already lost track of. I want to get involved, get stuck in and learn it myself. This is why Lynda to me is great, I can split my screen watching how it’s done while taking part in the steps myself.
As a Graphic Designer, I get to learn new skills and tips everyday, whether that’s a little shortcut in one of the Adobe programs or learning a new design trend or style. With Lynda it has helped me with skills I never knew I could do in the programs I use on a daily basis to support my role at The Wonderland.
I can confidentially say that when it comes to writing, I don’t feel it’s a strong point of mine. However, it is an area that Lynda has also helped me improve on. When it came to writing this blog post it was natural for me to stare at the Word document with a title that took me a good ten minutes to think of! Then a struggle on how to begin my first paragraph, however with the help of Lynda, I found that it offers a category for this particular area, who knew? It has 22 courses and 568 video tutorials just for writing skills. I had plenty to chose from and felt better with the guidance that was accessible, so here we are now, making it to the end of my blog post! One thing I have taken from my experience with this website is learning is more fun than I originally thought, especially when it offers you your preferred way to do so.