I Just Enrolled at a New School


The past few months I’ve been attending Automobile University. Noted motivational speaker Zig Ziglar coined the term to describe the process of learning while commuting. I encountered the idea while reading a book called Twice as Much in Half the Time ( this is a small book from Simple Truths, they have excellent little short books) by Amy Jones. Jones states:

“simply put, one attends automobile university by listening to education materials while riding the car. A study at USC has shown that if a person drives at least 12,000 miles a year ( as likely someone would in any metropolitan city) and uses this method of education, in a matter of three years he or she would have the equivalent of two years of college education”.

I have always loved audio programs like the StrengthCoach Podcast but, have just recently begun to purchase audio books. Audio books allow me to “read” in the car. I read  (I guess listened is the real term), Born to Run this way recently and am just finishing The End of Overeating. Audiobooks are more expensive but, actually they save time and money because they allow me to use my down time better. I also listened to The Power of Less and Swim with the Sharks. Take this tip. Enroll in Automobile U.

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10 Responses to “I Just Enrolled at a New School”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    Hope you got all the Strength Coach Podcasts!

  2. ethan m kreiswirth Says:

    Im a fan. Since my new work position takes 60 minutes to and from, I have a great time sitting in LA traffic; learning! I have DLed a multitude of great podcasts from here, in addition to other Universities that cover medicine and biomechanics.

    All great stuff and great new ideas I use in the classroom.

  3. Elsbeth Vaino Says:

    I’m also a huge fan of audio books – I always stock up when I have a long drive coming up.

    For anyone who lives near a Cracker Barrel or passes them along their travel route, they have an audio book rental program for $3.49/week: http://www.crackerbarrel.com/trip-booksaudio.cfm?doc_id=48. You can even “rent” from one location and return to another.

  4. Good idea Kev. Thanks for a great summer. Hope we get you back next summer.

  5. While enrolled here at UMass I decided to also enroll in Walking to Class University and listen to the podcasts while walking around campus in between classes. Helps me find time to continue my coaching education in between my formal education.

  6. I love listening to strengthcoach podcast while driving. Thanks for making it possible!

  7. eric wheeler Says:

    save money get them from the library, here on the cape we can get digital downloads for the ipod from the library

  8. I have been enrolled in a University on Wheels for several years now. It’s the best way I know to fill the time while commuting.

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