Monday, October 29, 2012

I Want to Learn How to Learn

Don't you find it infuriating?
You spent hours and hours studying a particular subject, pouring over books and papers, answering all those past year/semester test in hopes to get an astounding grade.

Instead, you got CRAP. A C or a D (if you're lucky, a B) smudged your transcript, bringing such disgrace that you'd scream in rage on top of a hill. (heh)

But why? You asked.
I've spent hours studying.
I should get a good grade, if not astounding.
But I failed to do so.
Isn't time spent studying is directly proportional to academic/examination success?

Well, in a sense it's true.
In another sense, it's false.
Time is needed to study, yes, I'm not disagreeing to that.
But is time used efficiently? That's is a question to be answered.

I'm intrigued by the learning process of humans, particularly the student.
I find it perplexing that some student spent hours and hours in front of a book, only to achieve a mediocre score.
Or to find a guy who opens his book just for a moment, and ended up to get the highest score.
Logically, from these observations, we can conclude that time is not a factor of academic success. No, that's not the correct way to word it.


And yes, I would like to emphasize the word 'learning' here.
You see, for so long, we have been deluded that to actually 'learn' effectively, we need TIME.
Hence the law; the more time you spent studying, the higher/better your academic success.
Again, this is false.

Let's go to the basis of learning itself.
What is learning actually?
Most of us to respond with 'study' or 'read books'
But shockingly, that is just a superficial definition.

Learning is to actually understand a concept or a subject via means of reading, listening, writing, questioning, speculating, experimenting, analyzing or so on so forth.

Highlight those gerunds (the -ing) in that definition. Now ask yourselves, how good are you with those skills? Now, think back of your previous academic records. And your study habits. And your test answering abilities.

Then it clicked.
Learning is in fact, a skill.
Somehow, it correlates with how you fare in your academic situation.

The traditional 'read and practice and cram', sure, can help you. But it could help you so much.
The ignorance of not honing your skills to learn will eventually hamper your intellectual development.

So, the solution?


With that being said, check out this interesting blog here . It has a few tips and trick for ULTRA LEARNING


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