Learn from books or teacher?

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Malaysia
January 27, 2007 1:19pm CST
What do you think about this kind of thing. Do we best learn with reading (book, journal, paper etc) or do we best learn by teacher (class, lectures etc). For the example, how to fix the computer. With just reading, can we do it?
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• United States
3 Feb 07
I think we learn a number of ways. We learn by listening, by reading and by doing. If we don't listen, we're not really sure about how things are done until we listen to the idea or concept of it. We learn by reading about the history of something, how it works and how you do it. And learning by doing is a simple idea, to accurately learn something, we actually have to become involved in it.
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• Malaysia
3 Feb 07
Maybe it were right on certain subject right...
@imsilver (1667)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Alot depends on the type of person you are.. some are better at book learning and some are better with the hands on approach..
• Malaysia
7 Feb 07
I think i agree with you imsilver :) but don't you think that we can develop and do some enrichment in a way of we learn?
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
31 Jan 07
It depends on an individual; although I highly recommend formal education upto grade 12. I just think that it is good to let children learn how to socialize and manage each other in some formal setting. After 12 grade, however, some people do very well on their own, while others tend to excel better in only formal sorroundings. Most of the human education is self-taught. Did you know that some of our very prominent inventors, thinkers and educators were self-taught?
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
i realize that too, teacher only can show how to open the door, the one who will open it and pass through it is ourself.
@dip_cool (411)
• India
27 Jan 07
to learn something you have to read the theories and also do it practically.in my opinion we cannot do away with teachers.the teachers are always ons step ahead of you.i mean when you are attending the class of a teacher on a specific subject,the teahcer has specialised in that subject for which he is able to teach you. and sometimes we need teachers to make out the meaning of something or explain to us the meaning of something which we may not really understand by reading a book,for example a physics theory or a mathematic problem.both teachers and books together make the learning process complete.
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• Malaysia
28 Jan 07
When first year at my universities, i have taken math subjects. When i came to the class actually i get nothing from the lectures but the tittle of the topics. So i take my own initiatives, study on my own while i'm back at my room. Impressively i got A's for that subject. So that is why i keep thinking, teacher or whatsoever just to fulfill the class requirement only, i mean not help so much than we thought.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I've always learned best from books. I hated school and never learned anything there. Lectures go in one ear and out the other with me. But I can read several books and learn a lot about a subject. I also enjoy documentaries on DVD and tv.
• United States
4 Feb 07
I think everyone learns differently. Some by readin, some by watching, and some by hands-on experience. And some with a combination of those. I myself prefer to DO whatever it is I'm learning, with someone watching to tell me if it's wrong.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I think it depends on your learning copasity. See I was a show and let me do it type learner for the most part. There are times that all you need are instructions to figure something out. I enjoyed school. Mainly because I had teachers that knew how to teach to everyone. the visual,aduio, and tactile learning. As for your example of fixing a computer I think you need both reading and doing. some people can learn to do it by seeing it done or physically shown how to do it and after practice can become proficient.
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@tmnjyk (3486)
• Canada
3 Feb 07
I think it depends. If it is about computer, I think I would rather have a hands on teacher with me to learn. Then I will read on my own as well. Hmmm....if it is HTML tutorial I would rather read it on my own and practice on my own.
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@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
31 Jan 07
is very hard for me to learn alone... i don;t know why but i can't learn from books... i prefer a private teacher or to learn at my classes... the books i just read it for enjoy in my leisure time!
• Malaysia
7 Feb 07
It goes for you lecaro :) that kind of book is very general, how about some technical problem, even math problem will be considered as technical right. I think if you focusing more on what you want to learn, you don't have to get any private teacher :) just from my opinion.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Personally, I learn better by doing versus reading or listening. I'd rather figure it out on my own, my way, than anything else. I find that I tend to remember it more that way.
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
yeah right, i think the same way like you did. Learning is something learner need to define what kind the approach. for me, i will more confidence if i read from the book than lectures
@k1tten (2320)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I agree with highflyer. If I were to learn though I would have to see it done then do it myself to really get it. I'd have to do it multipul times to have it stick in my memory.
@seenkung (425)
• Malaysia
3 Feb 07
With a couple of books is better than one teacher for one subject.
• United States
3 Feb 07
I prefer a teacher. Books are great, but they can only explaing things one way, and they can't watch how you do something and show you how to do it better. Books can aid a teacher, but a teacher by himself is better than a book by itself.
• Indonesia
3 Feb 07
yup we best learn from books because book is the source of knowledge and we can ask to the teacher more if we got confuse...
@smartnrich (1067)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 07
we can learn by read the book, but the best is read the book and guide by the teacher.
@istanto (8565)
• Indonesia
27 Jan 07
I think the best way to learn is by experience books and teacher just theory with experience we know more better.