How do you study?

Think about. There's a technology to nearly everything - taking a photograph, plumbing a house, or performing a surgery. But is there a technology to study?

Every child has an innate desire to learn, to gain knowledge and understanding of life and the world. Learning is typically an engaging process - a child would feel otherwise is because they have run across something which is not understood.   That something can be a word, it can be a concept or action, or it can just be, “How does this apply to me?”

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Lack of Mass

Attempting to educate someone without the mass (i.e. the actual thing one is studying about or a reasonable approximation) that he is going to be involved with can make study exceedingly difficult. 

For example, if one is studying about engines, the printed page and the spoken word are no substitute for an actual engine. Lacking an engine to associate with the written word, or at least pictures of an engine can close off a person’s understanding of the subject. This is the first barrier to study.


Too Steep a Gradient

The next barrier is too steep a study gradient. That is, if a student is forced into undertaking a new action without having understood the previous action, confusion results. Have you ever tried origami? Ever gotten one step wrong and abandoned the project? You probably experienced too steep of a gradient.


Words and context

The third barrier to study is the most important of the three; the misunderstood word. A not-comprehended definition or an undefined word or symbol can block one’s understanding of a subject.


Understanding and using these tools develop a truly self-sufficient and self-directed student who can learn anything, easily and comfortably.

 

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