You want to improve and train your general knowledge? Then you've come to the right place! General knowledge is an extremely valuable weapon in everyday life. It helps us in interviews for a new job, in small talk and in discussions with colleagues and friends - and it even lets us make decisions more confidently.
Maybe you recently had an unpleasant everyday situation in which you couldn't answer a question that was actually so simple. Or maybe you just want to increase your knowledge - it doesn't matter!
If you want to get a better general knowledge, be sure to use the 10 tips I'm going to share with you in this article. And don't worry: they go beyond the usual "watch the news". Let's go!
Worth knowing: There is a significant difference between General knowledge and General education. The general knowledge is a basic stock of knowledge and information which one should have or know. General education, on the other hand, means the faculties of the mind that are of importance in relating this knowledge to each other. In short, general education presupposes general knowledge.
1. read more books
I seriously regret that I used to neglect and simply not value reading books. Today, of course, I know, why reading is so important. For example, it promotes our writing and communication skills, our creativity, our balance to the job - and last but not least, it improves our general knowledge.
If you want to exercise your general knowledge, you should read, read and read! Whether Books, magazines or Blog posts! Time is too short? Then you can also Book summaries at Blinkist* and acquire new knowledge extremely quickly and compactly. The main thing is that you read. Because that definitely makes you smarter immediately!
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2. use knowledge apps
The App Blinkist I have already mentioned. But your smartphone can also help you gain a better general knowledge in a simpler way: through Quiz apps! Even though I'm generally not a fan of mobile games because they just eat up time, I make an exception with them. Simply because I learn something new with every question.
If you want to expand your knowledge base, I can recommend the following quiz apps:
- Quiz duel
Tip: By the way, with the app "geo master plus" I also learned all countries and mountains of the world playfully easy and fast a few years ago!
3. play knowledge intensive social games
Yes, of course: under certain circumstances, it can also be really embarrassing at the Quiz evening with family or friends. But in the end, you're definitely a little smarter when you play board games that require a healthy amount of general knowledge.
Here are some games that will help you improve your general knowledge:
- Trivial Pursuit
- Who wants to be a millionaire
4. start unusual learning actions
The other day I got a little upset that I couldn't think of the capital of Mali in an everyday situation. Not that bad, sure. But it was a trigger for me, to learn or know all the capitals of the countries of the world. We can remember things better if we have written them down beforehand. So I have them memorized written on such small index cards* and learned whenever there was time. Capital of Mali? Bamako, you're welcome!
5. watch documentaries and knowledge programs
I don't hang out in front of the TV much. But when I do, I usually use the time to improve my knowledge. Be it Documentations about the 2nd world war or Quiz shows like "Who wants to be a millionaire? Or the daily news - of course! So you can also learn by watching TV.
6. take courses
Whether online or offline: Courses on specific areas of knowledge will immediately help you gain a better general knowledge. For example, use platforms like MeetUp.com, to Access to courses and presentations in your city and by the way Networking to operate. Or visit the courses and lectures offered at universities and adult education centers.
7. know categories of general knowledge and improve knowledge specifically.
Surely you know the usual topics of general knowledge from parlor games or quiz shows. Here I have listed the core topics for you:
- Natural Sciences
- Art and music
Now look for specific places to train your knowledge in the respective areas. For example, watch more films and series in English in order to improve your Improve foreign language skills. And so on.
8. solve crossword puzzles regularly
The crossword puzzle in the newspaper is certainly one of the classics to improve your general knowledge. Grab the Daily or weekly newspaper and solve the puzzles. Make time for crossword puzzles on a regular basis and build up a daily or weekly routine. You will quickly find that you the puzzles become easier and easier become. The learning curve is extremely steep!
9. ask questions and learn from everyday conversations.
Of course, from everyday conversations with friends, colleagues, or your family, you can soak up any amount of general knowledge. If you can't contribute much to a particular discussion, ask questions. Because instead of giving in to the perceived urge to quickly change the subject, you can learn from others and improve your general knowledge.
Tip: Meet regularly with people you consider to have a high level of general knowledge. That way, you can basically learn something almost on the fly.
10. listen to podcasts
Podcasts have enriched my life! I always listen to it when I have nothing else to do. On the way to the bakery, while jogging or in the evening on the sofa to relax. They also shorten the waiting time at the dentist. And most importantly: they make me smarter! So my tip: if you want to improve your general knowledge, you should definitely listen to podcasts regularly! There are plenty of them for every imaginable field of knowledge. But don't forget to give yourself a breather in between, where you just do nothing at all.
Improve general knowledge made easy!
You want to get a better general knowledge? Then you now have some tips and tricks at hand. But always remember that a fair amount of self-discipline is required. Because general knowledge must be acquired and learned.
But don't be too hard on yourself. The easiest way to learn is to create a daily routine that includes at least four or five of the tips mentioned here. Then you'll know a little bit more every day.
I hope that I can help you with this contribution to a better general knowledge. Do you have any questions or suggestions? Then feel free to write me a comment.
PS.: You want to train your knowledge in sustainability? Then be sure to look further in the Knowledge blog from CareElite around! Have fun!