When it comes to the world of tech, it can be a huge challenge to come to terms with all of the ins and outs of this field. And, that’s only natural. Technology is complex and multifaceted, and it’s ever advancing at an alarming pace. However, it’s important to try to become more tech literate, because the tech industry is the fasting growing one right now, so tech expertise (or tech-spertise) is all but guaranteed job security, which hs never been more important in an economy where low skill jobs are vanishing into thin air due to rising automation. Therefore, you should take the initiative to do what you can to claim your piece of the pie. Here are a few tips to help you become more tech literate today.

First and foremost, nothing beats good, old fashioned research. There are plenty of reference materials available for free online, or you could buy some texts. The information is out there, so teaching yourself these skills isn’t easy, per se, but it’s way easier than you think. However, if you need a more focused approach, or the degree associated with higher education, perhaps college courses are what you’re looking for. Another alternative is attended lectures and seminars on the subject of tech, so don’t be afraid book a hotel room and an Alamo rental car and attend one of the many tech seminars available in major cities. With the power of research in your corner, you’re already well on your way to tech literacy.

Another way to come to enhance your understanding of tech is to pair studying with self imposed tests via flashcards. For example, take an index card and have on side a question like, “what computer spec correlates with moment to moment processing needs?” and on the other side, the answer, “RAM (Random Access Memory)” While it may sound hokey, I promise you it works. First of all, simply writing down information tends to reinforce your memory of the information. Add to it the fact that you’ve generated a test to make sure you really know the info instead of merely thinking you do, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

Last, but not least, you’re going to want to learn about the components of your computer, what they do, and how they all fit together. This kind of ties in to knowing your computer’s specs, but on a mechanical, or hardware, level.