How to learn any subject?



Learning is such a critical aspect of one’s life.  In essence life is a major school. At every stage of life, from birth to adulthood, learning takes place in various modalities. There is a difference though between structured or formal learning and what I call “fun learning” or passive learning. For example, the type of learning that takes place when one is reading an enjoyable text or watching a favorite movie or documentary. This is not to mitigate the value of this type of learning but to call attention to the phenomenon that usually the learning extracted is not pre-planned or based on specific outcomes. Consequently, the learning opportunity may be more expendable. The keys to learning effectively are purpose, self-awareness, and organization. The precursors to this triad include the skills and background knowledge necessary to create the path for effective learning.

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7 thoughts on “How to learn any subject?

  1. Beautifully written Camose. I agree with your sentiment that purpose has a large role in learning. I have heard many students ask “What’s the point of me learning this? I’m never going to use it!” When a student sees the practicality of what they are learning, they are more receptive to the material.


    1. Indeed, purpose and relevancy are important. Do you think any subject or topic can be presented in a way to make it relevant to students’ lives? What do educators have to take into account in order to make it so? Thanks for posting!


  2. Well written! I think teachers can use modern technology such as the smart board to teach the material. This modern technology, which students really love, will get their attention and will motivate them to learn.


  3. I agree that there are different types of learning such as structured learning and “fun learning.” One time, I was subbing at Hertage for an eighth grade class. We were reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Many of the kids weren’t interested. But then, I told them about this modern film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines. After we read the play, we saw the film, and the kids really liked because the film took place in a modern setting. That made it easier for them to understand the story and themes of the Shakespeare. This is a great example of “fun learning.”


  4. I agree 100% with you Camose… The student should relate to the topic of study and that way, he/she will be open to apply new ideas or to expend on their knowledge. Buy applying “fun learning” to our everyday lessons, we as teachers open our student’s creative side of their brain and as a result, the benefits that we will ‘collect’ are: more interested learners, critical thinking ideas and in-class discussions and connection to the newly learned topic with different everyday life experiences.


    1. You are on point Nick. The big idea here is ‘connection”. Just like the teacher has to connect with students on some personal level , the topic of learning has to be interconnected so that they could see how it applies to real life.


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