The fastest way to learn something.
December 2, 2009 7:03pm CST
The fastest way to learn something is to teach it. Although this may sound strange at first, it is absolutely true. You do not have to wait until you know everything about a subject, until you have "mastered" whatever it is that you wish to share, before you begin to share it. So teach. Share. Help others. And do not worry so much about what you "don't know." We can all learn from each other so never be afraid to admit that you don't know something because the person standing next to you may know and be willing to share. We can all learn much from each other if we are willing to ask.
• United States
15 Dec 09
I think this is very true, Pose! Reading this, I think back to my college days, when my best friend and I would help each other study by teaching each other what we were studying within our respective majors. The majority of my classes were philosophy, English, and art, while hers were mostly science, as she was pre-med. We both enjoyed learning about each other's subjects, and in explaining things and answering the other's questions, the "teacher" would come to know the subject matter much better and remember it better later. This method is also a heck of a lot more fun than muttering alone over a stack of flashcards. After college, while working as an English and writing tutor, I would do the same thing with my students at the end of our sessions or when they needed help reviewing for tests. They always seemed to appreciate the interactivness of this style of studying. This could also be applied to our lives in a more abstract way... by teaching others to live a more joyful life, we can learn to be more joyful! :)
6 Dec 09
Hello dear Pose. You are absolutely right to say that the fastest way to learn something is to teach it. I have been engaged in teaching for more than two decades. I have gained a lot of knowledge from my daily teaching to my students what I know about. We have a saying in teaching that teaching benefits teachers as well as students. I also advise my good students to help teach their classmates who are weak in any subject. So long as he or she is teaching, she is learning as well. I really appreciate my teaching job that has taught me so much and it is the teaching experience that I have gained through all these years that makes me feel more fulfilled in my life and work. Learning is a process that will never end while teaching is something that makes you feel thirsty for more and more knowledge in your field of work. Have a good day, my dear Pose.
• Garden Grove, California
3 Dec 09
hi pose you know I never had thought about it that way but why not, both people will learn and thats great. As we share we both gain and are helped and help others. I always tell my son do not just tell me that I have to do this and that to correct something on my computer,show me and let me do it as you watch,hands on and then I do know how to do it next time. And so many times I have asked someone standing next to me and yes they knew how and shared with me, and it was sort of fun too. thanks great discussion.
23 Dec 09
Pose123, I agree that the fastest way to learn something is to teach it. But today, teachers, care givers and parents are having a tough time teaching those who have minds of their own. We find it easy to teach those who respond even if they are slow learners but it is extremely difficult with those who are indifferent. Have a nice Christmas with family and friends Pose123.
• United States
3 Dec 09
I spent a lot of my life teaching, it was my second job. I never had a class that didn't teach me more then I taught it. I often trained personal and even wrote a training manual for a loan servicing department in a large mortgage company. I went to college to learn to do the manual and once I started I worked with the people in each department having them train me in their job, then wrote it into the manual. All of this was eye opening for me and I do agree the best way to learn is to teach.
3 Dec 09
Good idea. But before teaching others, we should do some preview and get some basic conceptions so we can communicate well with the "students". you know, teaching should be interactive process, if the "teacher" knows few about the topic, he can not make the teaching move forward smoothly.