Could We Develop Learning Skills?

  • Created Date17 Feb, 2014
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I'd always wanted to speak to students at the college level so whenever an opening came along I jumped at it. And then I got little nervous. I have addressed several other audiences, but students are different. I questioned myself. "Would I be a good Speaker at College?" "Did I know enough to teach them?" "Would I be able to connect with the students?" "Could I encourage them to learn?" It was a little overwhelming but I was up for a challenge.

Last week I had spend more than an hour with the M.B.A students of ICFAI National College. Now that I had finished talking to them - I'm no longer nervous. In fact I loved it. I love to be with the students. More than that, I love the learning environment. And I'm excited about learning again.

Off late, I've been trying to be a good reader and learner. But this class has reignited my desire to learn in a new way. I realized one thing while preparing to speak to them, the challenge is not teaching the concepts but the real life application of it. I don't want them to be just book worms - I want them to leave my class knowing how marketing works in the real world. I want them to learn and develop excellent learning skills. I realized, in order to teach them any of these things, I must be willing to learn along with them.

One thing I realize is that there is so much I do not know and I need to develop my learning skills which are a lifelong process. This made me to think, how can I develop Excellent Learning Skills and let me share those thoughts with you.

Tips for Developing Learning Skills:

  • Be willing to admit we don't know the answer
  • Ask questions, be curious
  • Stop trying to act as if we know it all - we don't
  • Make it a point to learn something new every day
  • Attend events, meet people and read things we would not ordinarily participate in
  • Keep an open mind
  • Keep it simple - academia and the use of jargon does not impress people
  • Teach others - we learn the most when we have to teach
  • Take a class
  • And most importantly - have fun with learning
  • "Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams

Let's make a commitment to learn something new today.  (Article By Shamim Rafeek)


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