5 Ways to Become a Subject Expert
By Annie St. Francis
Subject experts have extensive background experience and abundant knowledge of one or more specific practices, processes, the use of technology, and/or equipment. Specialists become “expert” – and you can too – through dedication to a subject of interest, and the commitment of time and other resources to a focused effort. The subject of an individual’s interest might lead to or expand on career possibilities or become a unique personal hobby. It might be related to a highly technical skill or a traditional trade. From a broad range of inspirations and ideas, remember that building a foundation of knowledge is hard work, but it’s also fun and exciting. I hope you’ll find that many of the print books presented at The Repository Project support the exploration of new ideas, the development of skills among beginners, and the refined advancement of those who are more experienced – or even expert.
1. Study with a reputable expert interested in and committed to high standards in teaching their art, craft, skill, and knowledge base to others. You may discover learning opportunities in traditional classrooms, through internship opportunities, as a part of workshops, or by attending seminars.
2. Read the best books on your specific subject of interest, and explore topics that closely surround the same. Familiarize yourself with the areas in which existing experts agree or are engaged in debate. Begin building your home library with well-chosen titles, and check their work for additional reading references and recommendations.
3. Seek out certifications recommended, or licenses required, for the area in which you want to become an expert. You can learn about these through professional associations, subject-specific, or community-based organizations.
4. Become part of a larger community of people who share your subject interest. Learn about the history of your subject, current concerns, and emerging information that will guide the development and direction of your are of interest into the future.
5. Remember that learning is a life-long journey and among our greatest adventures. Remain active and up-to-date as information and ideas develop and change within your area or areas of interest and developing expertise.
Here are a couple great examples that cover a range of development from personal hobby interest to professional career pathways.
Become a Master Gardener
By Rebecca Bevan
The National Trust looks after hundreds of beautiful gardens of every imaginable shape and size across Britain, from the grandest country estate to the smallest cottage garden. They also manage such internationally renowned gardens as Sissinghurst and Hindcote. National Trust garden staff receive countless questions from visitors about plants growing in the gardens and techniques that can be tried at home, and this in-depth guide will pass on their wisdom and provide all the answers.
The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of 1001 Garden Questions Answered: Expert Solutions to Everyday Gardening Dilemmas, with an Easy-to-Follow Directory and 850 Photographs and Illustrations
By Andrew Mikolajski
Whether you’re a novice gardener or have been growing plants for years, each season can bring new dilemmas that need addressing. This volume asks every typical garden question and provides invaluable guidance for successful gardening.
Study for Your Ham Radio License
Ham Radio Exam Prep: A License Manual and Study Guide for the Amateur Radio General Class and Radio Technician Tests with 100 Test Questions
By Ham Radio Team
Are you looking for enough practice and theory to pass the test with a great score? Have you tried shorter books and found them lacking? Look no further – this guide was designed to help students pass their exams the first time. How is this guide different from others? This is a complete guide. It describes every topic in detail and also includes 100 test questions and answers.
By Edgar Walker
Don’t have any idea on Ham Radio? Ham Radio: The Ultimate Ham Radio Complete Guide The Easiest Way – Be an Expert ( Ham Radio, Communication, User Guide, Self Reliance, Survival ) If you are very interested in knowing how to operate Ham Radio then this comprehensive guide book will provide you all the information you need. You will learn about: Introduction to Ham Radio Key Concepts Advance Concepts First Contact Morse Code Assembling Your Own Station And So Much More Setting up your own Ham Radio will give you an experience on a very thriving and robust community.
Learn to Design, Engineer and Install Alternative Power Systems
By Dr Sundaravadivelu S. and Mr Suresh R. Norman and Dr Johnsi Stella I&dr Suresh Kumara
This book is a solar energy technical manual – a road-map for solar energy professionals and amateurs. It is also written for the use of engineers & consultants, polytechnic, graduate & post-graduate engineering students, and industry technicians. The reader is introduced to the theoretical concepts of solar cells and also the practical working of solar cells, solar modules, solar panels and solar arrays. Also discussed are the components of a photo-voltaic power system such as MPPT charge controllers, storage battery systems and solar converter circuits. For the benefit of the reader, solar Photovoltaic systems are discussed, along with examples of existing systems.