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The Process of Learning

Learning is a complex behavioural process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, behaviours, skills, values, attitudes and preferences.

Let’s not talk about the definition or components of learning. Instead, let me point out some common mistakes humans have been and will continue to make for centuries, involving learning.

Every brain is unique in its own way. Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another.

Like with fingerprints, no two people have the same brain anatomy, a study has shown. This uniqueness is the result of a combination of genetic factors and individual life experiences. Like with fingerprints, no two people have the same brain anatomy, a study by researchers of the University of Zurich has shown.

There would hardly be a pair of people that would have the same thought in a given situation.

Some people can read, learn, understand and retain an entire book of, say, 500 pages, in 2-3 hours. For some, it takes days to read the book and they still are never able to retain every topic mentioned in the book.

But that is not a weakness or mental deficiency.

A person who is not able to read fast and remember a book might be extra-ordinarily good at painting or writing or something else that a fast reader and learner would never even think about trying.

Every type of brain has its pros and cons.

The point being, we should stop educating everyone at the same pace, using the same ways.

Someone might not be able to learn and understand 1 chapter every 3 days. Someone might find it annoying, dull and tiring.

Someone might not be able to understand the basic concepts of math in a month, leading to poor results. Someone might just not be paying attention in the Mathematics lecture because basic mathematics might be just too easy for their extremely logical and analytical brain.

Someone might be too good with numbers as to remember every historical date and scientific and mathematical equation and formula; someone might be too good at subjective literature and history.

You can’t say that a particular person is not capable of anything just because they don’t understand Physics or Mathematics or History or Geography better or even the same as the next person.

Everyone has a unique brain anatomy.

Everyone has unique interests.

You can’t say that someone cannot be a great singer because they failed in Geography or Physics.

Someone might be good at everything. That is rare. But that doesn’t mean he/she has everything you have.

It’s like a coin. Every thing that is good on the top, has a hidden side where everything terrible lies; everything one has never been able to accomplish or overcome.

The process of learning is unique to each person because of the uniqueness of brain anatomy that varies from person to person.

You just can’t study and analyze one person and make a decision for 100.

7 responses to “The Process of Learning”

  1. I agree completely. The education system in most countries pushes everyone down the same road. I suppose there has to be some organisation but it really, really does not suit all learners, and indeed ignores the strong points of many students.


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