The Learning Life-Cycle

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Background Information

Lifelong learning is merely an old idea made popular. The ancient Greek philosophers has since time immemorial practice the spirit of lifelong learning and transferred their passion for knowledge throughout the world. However, our current education system contains a fundamental flaw that requires immediate attention. Why is it that students spend hours after hours learning languages, history, math and science while spending virtually no time at all on learning how we learn?

In the start of my college life, I realized that the way different people take down notes, organize their assignments, and study were drastically different and their results were different too. The students who aced all subjects in their exams were less than 5% of the entire class. Another 15% of the class scored extremely high in certain subjects (of their interest) and extremely low (or average) in other subjects. The remaining 80% of the class were just either scoring average or below average results.

Why is the 20-80 Pareto principle present in education?

Perhaps the more important question is why the absence of a subject that teaches the student how, when, what and why we study. Furthermore, besides the students studying in medical courses, almost none of the other students know how the most important part of our body, namely the brain, really works. Mention hippocampus in class and everybody thinks you are speaking a foreign language (this is partially true).

The lack of the knowledge of the learning process handicaps most of us when we are learning. This paper attempts to bring into the spotlight how our brain works when we study. Consequently, I hope to weigh the importance of nature versus nurture in the development of an individuals ability to learn.

The Problems

Why should we study?

What is the most important elements or conditions when we study?

What is the best method to take notes?

How should we prepare for our exam?

The Procedures

The data that I present here is mostly secondary data from books I have gathered on learning. I have however, noted down my own results whenever I use certain principles to be mentioned in this paper.



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