On this day last year I started an experiment that has completely changed the way I learn. Instead of traditional methods such as reading novels, I had been seeing a constant stream of TED Talks and I thought 'why not watch these more often?' And that's why instead of reading biographies and other methods of reading materials, I watched at least 1 TED Talk per day for an entire year.
Throughout the earlier years of my life, I had been exposed to education through reading books, newspapers, magazines and other traditional reading materials. I had never truly understood the most suitable way to learn for my education. I have always looked for alternatives, and in fact, I would consider myself to be an alternative seeker. Yet, with the constant push for offline learning in the school system, I had not been given the opportunity to assess my own learning style. Whether it be in an English class where we would have to read Shakespeare, or whether it would be in a business class where almost everything is printed out and made to read - there was nothing that holistically connected with my learning style.
I had seen a TED Talk through social media and I soon found them to be eye-opening to things I did not know. Like many things, curiousity overwhelms me and I soon wanted to incorporate these fantastic Talks with my education and self-development.
I soon planned up exactly how I would learn from these unknown opportunities. I planned to watch 1-3 18 minute Talks each night, every night from then on. Since that day, I have been extremely fortunate to have took this opportunity to expand my knowledge, open my eyes to important ideas, and to learn new things that you would not usually learn about. These opportunistic experiences stretched from education styles, to the inequality of HIV treatment in Africa. There is certainly a vast array of content and I would recommend this to anyone who finds that their most suitable learning style is through visual communication.
In parallel to this additional educational experience, I managed my time both efficiently and effectively so I would always fit in this 18 minutes at the end of my day. It is a test of commitment and self-development, and I have seen it achieve an extensive knowledge base within myself over the past year.
Some background on the TED Organization:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
"Ideas worth spreading" - Ted Organiszation