How to Transform Information Into Knowledge

Some people go on expensive trips only to discover that when they arrive at a new destination, they are more comfortable spending time in their hotel room as opposed to “seeing the sights.” Although they read travel brochures, fast-feed surface information that poses as education did not leave them feeling engaged.

Engagement is what happens after we transform education into something tangible. If all we do is just look at things that are supposed to be educational, our minds will fail to understand what our eyes see.

With this issue in mind, I was inspired after reading an article by Julie Lasky, a journalist who writes the New York Time’sWhat You Get” column. Her articles related to reporting on nation-wide real estate listings are so well-informed that you’d think that she constantly explores properties.

In reality, she conducts research from her home, a process she shares in a January 26, 2019 New York Times article, “This Real Estate Columnist Is Also a Geographer.” Read the article to learn how she transforms simple information into lively engagement.

Engagement makes your travels and other activities more interesting. Here are some tips on how to foster engagement:

  • Write about what you learn. Writing forces your brain to fuse raw information into knowledge
  • Become an expert in your subject by testing yourself
  • Cut and paste pictures and embed videos into your notes
  • Sketching is a form of writing, so freehand sketch or trace visual information of interest


Article by Karen Little, first published for on February 2, 2019, all rights reserved by Karen Little and Littleviews. You may re-publish this article in a non-commercial site with permission from Karen.

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