Learning anything is a worthy cause, and it is amazing how much time people spend bored when they can be learning something. You can blame part of this on our schools. They make forced learning such an unpleasant thing that people often leave school and vow to never learn anything again. Many people only go the college because they are sold that college is something different via what they see on the movies. Whether you hate learning or not, there are tools and gadgets out there that can make learning easier and more fun. Here I would like to share few devices for successful learning.
This is the most obvious gadget you should have if you are learning anything. Sure, you can do many things on a laptop, but a PC has just that little bit more processing power and is able to handle more, which makes it ideal for learners. It means that you can learn anything from how to speak another language to how to create a massive computer program.
If you just take the fact that a PC has a word processing function, you can see how massively efficient it makes you when compared to hand writing, speech-to-text and writing on a mobile device. And this efficiency carries over into most academic subjects.
An E-Reader tablet:
When it comes to gadgets for learning the tablet device always loses out to the PC in all but one area. There is one thing that a tablet device can offer and one thing alone, and that is the ability to read digital files in comfort. It is not as easy as reading text from a book, but it is easier to read text from a tablet than it is from a desktop computer.
You should also remember that a lot of books are now in digital form, and modern gurus (self appointed or not) will often create PDF books and bypass making printed books at all. Also, thanks to sharing sites there are a lot of texts you can get for free (legally in many cases) which means that your E-reader is unlikely to be left empty for long periods. They beat books on the fact that you can store lots of them in one place, and it is convenient to be able to have your books downloaded to you within minutes of purchasing them.
The flash drive:
Possibly not the best thing in the world because it is annoying when they wipe your files, but it is certainly handy for transporting files from your computer to your MP3 player.
The MP3 Player:
Not a learning device? If that is your opinion then you have not experienced the massive world of audio learning. Having audio books is not uncommon, but nowadays you may have entire lessons on audio files. They go for any from learning how to talk in public to listening the seminars in Universities or in listening to lectures from the TED.
A digital projector:
It may seem a little extreme to go out and buy a projector just so you can learn a little, but it is an invaluable tool and even the color ones are far cheaper than they were a few years ago. The projector is good for use with PowerPoint presentations but is also good for home use as a flashcard device. Flash up large displays that can follow on from one to the other.
The problem with most flashcard systems is that they only show snippets of information. This may be okay for learning languages, but is ineffective for learning medicine and things such as logic or reasoning, cause and effect. A large display can flash up one piece of information which then adds to itself as it continues. This will allow the user to trace a concept from start to finish and all within the same display.
Noise cancelling headphones:
There are the ones that work if music or sound is playing and the other that works to block out sound completely. Either of them works fine if you keep being distracted by exterior noise. There is a case to be made for working during noise as many jobs are noisy, but if you are only just learning the concepts then it is unfair to expect you to learn them whilst there is noise around the room. It would be like teaching a person to drive on the highway.
If you want to be all clever about it, then you can buy the ear muffs that completely block out sound, but the expensive headphone ones may help you more. It will allow you to run questions in audio and then have a bit of silence whilst you write or record the answers.