It Isn’t Just What You Learn, It’s How You Learn It

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How You Learn Determines What You Do

When we encounter something we know zilch about, or if we decide to tackle something new, it is normal to gather all the information we can about that specific thing. This is the most one of the most common approaches of how you learn. True, every now and then you will meet someone who charges into something knowing next to squat, but they are few and far between and are referred to as ‘the bleeding edge’, rather than the leading edge.

I want to spend just a minute talking about the learning process, and how it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the act of learning. There are times when it can be difficult to transition to the stage of implementation from the comparative safe point of learning. It is human nature to want to review what we have learnt, and make very sure we have it right before we step out in the brave new world. But being cautious does come with a price. For some reason, this risky act of striking out is easier when we are younger, possibly because we don’t yet know the price of failure or felt the sting of defeat.  How You Learn

How You LearnIt becomes a problem when we decide that we are more comfortable staying in ‘learning mode’. There isn’t a lot of risk in staying in college or high school. Sure it costs money, but it’s an investment for the future. (That is exactly what we tell our kids because it is what our parents have told us). All I’m saying is that it’s a poor investment if it IS your future. If the act of learning becomes the primary activity (or the only activity), then there is a real risk of stagnation and eventually failure of your venture. Just before you want to jump all over that comment, let me qualify it a little. I am a life-long student myself and I learn something every day, I think we all do. But I am referring to how you learn and this is one of the most basic of learning types, what I call the ‘Static Learner’.

How You Learn; 3 Different Ways

1. Static Learning

This is the conventional, I bought the book and read it, went to school and sat in class learned about it, type of learning.  Static learning also includes sitting through webinars, attending seminars and workshops. It also includes the I bought the book, the CD, the DVD, read the blog or watched the Vblog types of learning as well. I refer to it as static, because it doesn’t require any action beyond attendance. Sure, you can say you took notes, drew pictures and diagrams even committed it all to memory and that is all great, but until it has been acted on it is only sheer entertainment. I am not saying it isn’t essential, it is, but we have to recognize it for what it is. Static learning is the time that you are spending between having a thought pierce your brain and putting that learning into use. It cannot be the only way you learn.

2.Tutorial Learning

This is the second way of How You Learn, and is superior to static learning because it involves more than filling aeffective teaching chair. It certainly should if done correctly. A true teacher is one who verifies what they are teaching through implementation. The very act of teaching brings what we teach under question and review, and we should be asked the how’s and why’s by our students. If we have gaps in our knowledge they become exposed and we fill them in. Ditto, with the things that we have forgotten, or thoughts that have evolved and changed over a period of time. Truly effective teaching requires that we stay current so that the information we share with our students has the greatest value. No one wants to be caught teaching history unless you are a history instructor.    How You Learn

3. Experiential Learning

Of all the ways that you learn, this is by far the most effective type of learning. It involves us taking what we know (or don’t know), and then putting it into action. Experiential learning is an essential part of success. In fact, I would argue, that it is the only kind of learning that is needed for success. Please don’t misunderstand me on this. I am not taking a run at traditional learning, only at the methods used to put it into practice. Reading and listening are important skills and can cut out huge chunks of the learning curve, but nothing replaces actually doing it in terms of education. Think back to your childhood. You didn’t learn to ride a bike, bake a cake or throw a football by reading a book or watching someone else do it. You learned of the idea or the ‘how to’ part of learning, but until we actually undertake the action we haven’t actually learnt it.

So with that in mind, you’ve spent enough time reading…so now, go out and LEARN!

Till Next Time

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2 Responses to “It Isn’t Just What You Learn, It’s How You Learn It”

  1. Dagmar Wichary Says:

    I know what you mean. I am one of the people that took notes, attended long seminars and acquired knowledge through study. But you hit the nail on the head, I did not use much of it.

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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Thanks for being so open Dagmar…

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