On Learning and Teaching

When I’m learn­ing quickly every­thing is great. I feel good about myself and my abil­i­ties and I throw myself into learn­ing as much as I can.

On the other hand when I’m learn­ing slowly (hit­ting a “plateau”) I often get frus­trated or dis­cour­aged. Noth­ing I try seems to speed up my ascent out of these plateaus. It seems like the only thing that works is time and prac­tice of what I already know.

I think the rea­son for this is that once I learn a bunch of new con­cepts my brain needs some time to process them. I can learn the con­cepts and use them if I con­cen­trate, but it’s not effort­less. I think the rea­son I finally start learn­ing quickly again after some time is that I’ve inter­nal­ized the pre­vi­ous con­cepts and now I can move on to more dif­fi­cult ones which build on the pre­vi­ous ones.

Steve Losh - On Learn­ing and Teach­ing.

2 Responses to “On Learning and Teaching”

  1. Andrew, I’m glad to read that you’ve got this learn­ing thing fig­ured out. I was afraid that for me it was because I might be approach­ing middle-age. Now I’m going with your rea­son — my brain just needs time to process the new con­cepts. Thank you.