How to Be a Lifelong Learner

Lifelong learners embrace their cause with enthusiasm.
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At some point during their high school careers, many students begin hearing about the concept of lifelong learning. There's a lot more to it beyond the strictures of a formal educational curriculum. If staying engaged in people and events around you sounds like an enterprise you'd like to embrace, many ways exist that allow you go about it.

1 Basic Framework

Begin your journey by discerning whether you are a auditory, visual or kinesthetic -- meaning hands-on -- learner. Many people are a blend of styles, but once you evaluate how you learn best, pursue complementary activities. Draft some lifelong learning goals or a list of topics, hobbies or people you'd like to learn more about. This plan should be fluid in nature, constantly subject to new additions as you encounter them in your lifelong learning journey. Take at least 20 or 30 minutes to devote to your goals.

2 Your Inner Student

Since reflecting on learning and life experiences is the cornerstone of lifelong learning, create a paper or electronic journal so that you can ruminate on your thoughts and experiences. Share them if you wish with a learning community -- a group of like-minded people you meet with regularly to discuss current events, new books and other topics of interest to you.

3 Other Learning Ideas

Visit the learning hot spots in your community: places where people naturally congregate, including the local library, community center or a bustling coffee shop. Look for postings that advertise workshops, how-to seminars or candidates' nights. Enthusiastic learners can find inspiration virtually anywhere and should remain open to the possibilities. If you wish to round out your learning curve at home, investigate free online courses. For example, partners with universities and other organizations to offer free courses on myriad topics.

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.