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  • Writer's pictureIan Gibbs

5 Ways AI Can Help You Learn Today

There’s a lot of articles in the news recently about the dangers of AI and the dangers of misusing it in the future.

While this is an important message for the powers that be, it would be nice to see more about how you could benefit from AI right now, especially when it comes to learning and professional development.

So in order to rectify this imbalance, here’s a quick blog about a few ways you can leverage AI to improve your own learnability.

In this article, we'll explore how AI can be a valuable ally, debunking common misconceptions and showcasing real-life examples of its practical applications.

Let’s start with what I think is the biggest and the best…

  1. Personalised Learning

AI is immensely good at coming up with personalised material. When it comes to giving personalised support, the same holds true.

Imagine personalised learning experiences tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

Just as your favourite music streaming service curates playlists based on your tastes, AI-powered learning platforms can adapt content, pace, and style to match your learning style. 

Intelligent tutoring systems can identify knowledge gaps and deliver targeted lessons, ensuring you grasp concepts effectively.

You don’t even have to imagine it.

For example, if you’ve just read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, you could ask ChatGPT to test you to see if you can remember the main points and understand them.

Try it.

  1. Efficient Knowledge Acquisition

What do you want to learn right now?

Gone are the days of sifting through heaps of information to find what's relevant. 

AI-powered search engines and recommendation algorithms can help you navigate the vast digital landscape efficiently. Platforms like Google or Bing use AI to refine search results, presenting you with the most accurate and useful information at your fingertips.

Likewise, content recommendation algorithms on platforms like YouTube and LinkedIn provide targeted suggestions to aid your learning journey.

So AI can help you get access to what you need without having to wade through a sea of irrelevant information.

  1. Virtual Mentors and Coaches

AI-powered virtual mentors and coaches are transforming the way we learn. Chatbots and virtual assistants equipped with natural language processing capabilities can answer questions, provide guidance, and offer feedback in real-time. 

These intelligent assistants, such as ChatGPT or Bard, can help you reflect on your learnings via Socratic questioning, increasing your understanding and enhancing your productivity by helping you find new solutions to complex problems.

It’s only a short time to when instead of typing, you’ll be able to have real-time conversations with Chatbots who could help mentor you on almost anything you wanted.

  1. Adaptive Skill Development

Imagine an app that analyses your performance, identifies areas for growth, and suggests targeted exercises to enhance specific skills. 

No condescending comments from supervisors. 

No tactless feedback. 

No suggestions with ulterior motives. 

AI technology can offers adaptive skill development platforms that enable continuous improvement.

In fact this technology, already in use, can assist you in honing your abilities, whether in communication, leadership, or critical thinking.

And you could also tell it to sod off without upsetting anyone!

Finally one of the most exciting.

  1. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

My kids went to a VR escape room last month and loved it!

AR and VR, in combination with AI, provide immersive learning experiences.

You can use virtual reality simulations to practice scenarios and improve decision-making skills. 

For instance, VR environments can simulate business meetings, public speaking or even giving first aid, offering a risk-free environment to develop confidence and competence.

And in some cases, the future is already here.

a) Online learning platforms like Udemy and Coursera utilize AI algorithms to recommend relevant courses based on your interests and professional goals.

b) Grammarly, an AI-powered writing assistant, helps young professionals improve their written communication by suggesting grammar corrections, enhancing clarity, and offering vocabulary enhancements.

c) Salesforce's Einstein AI analyses customer data to provide sales teams with personalised insights, helping them identify potential leads and optimise sales strategies.

d) Khan Academy is now using AI mentoring for its learners to give immediate, personalised support.

AI’s ability to support and enhance learning experiences is greater than ever and yet for most people who want to grow professionally (or academically) it’s very much an under-utilised tool. 

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