You might have heard a lot of people around you talking about General Knowledge at least at some point of time in your life. Be it school going students or some of your friends who are preparing for an examination.
General knowledge is the information accumulated over time and years through different mediums like reading books and newspapers, watching television or listening attentively. It is not a detailed learning like a college degree but it will for sure give you more confidence and make you more aware of the world around you.
It’s okay if you have no exams coming up. It’s okay if you are not a student anymore. That’s because learning doesn’t need any reason or a specific age. It just needs some willingness. The amount of information you grab depends on you. It will increase your general intelligence and awareness.
In this article, I’ll let you know about the five best sources of General Knowledge according to me. I have heavily relied on them for the same. I hope you find it useful.
- Be attentive and alert: The first and the most important source is you. Practise active listening, that is, be attentive while listening to people or while watching television. Believe me, your surroundings can give you the best knowledge in the simplest way possible. For example, if you hear your parents talking about a pressing issue in the country, join them. Hear out what they have say. Give your suggestions. May be, you might learn something new!
- Television: By television, I don’t mean to say that spend endless hours in watching serials or movies. You can watch those of course. There’s no harm in it. But right now, I’m talking about various channels like Discovery, National Geographic, reliable news channels and quiz shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati. The latter one is my favourite. I learn best when I’m not learning consciously. And this show does the same. Inspires you, motivates you and teaches you while having fun. Watch it with your entire family.
- Reading newspapers: I know this sounds boring, especially now when we have all the news apps dowloaded on our phones. We get instant notifications when something happens. But you know what? That feel of a physical newspaper is something else. Even if you can’t afford a newspaper right now, get it in a PDF form everyday. Download it. Read it entirely. This will take time and practise but will give you quite a detailed information every morning, section-wise.
- Blogs and Websites: Internet plays an important role when we talk about information and its circulation. There are so many blogs and websites where you can learn something. My favourite one is Quora. This platform has answers to endless amount of questions. It will quench your thirst for curiosity. The next one that I recommend is TED. I know you might think that you have already seen a lot of videos. But there are so many subjects the website covers apart from giving us inspiration.
- And finally, if you are an avid reader, just go to your local bookstore and purchase some General Knowledge books. This can never go wrong. This was my method way back when we didn’t have access to internet. We get books on India, the world history, art and culture and a lot more. The best part is that these books have quite a lot of practise questions where you can test your gained knowledge.
Happy learning. 🙂