• Do well in the modern world: master the core skills you need for success

Real Nature of Learning

Why can't people learn properly?

Do you still think that learning is just remembering? This illusion leads you down the wrong path, and it’s time to dispel it. We need to become aware of the basic mechanisms and processes that are involved in the learning process, and start using them to ensure outstanding results in our endeavors.

Learning a theorem or a physical law doesn’t mean that one can apply it, or even fully understand it. Not so long ago, bright students were considered to be the ones who could memorize and store a huge amount of information (e.g. facts, rules, etc.) and then recall it on the appropriate occasion. However, times are changing, and it isn’t enough to be just good recipients of data; it’s also vital to be judges, explorers, and creators.

Learning a skill is a much more diverse process than simply remembering, and we usually don’t realize the complexity of learning — which, in fact, becomes gripping and even easy if to improve the quality of thinking. The learning process is like a body which properly functions when it is healthy, or is in bad shape when we don’t take care of it.

The most important thinking skills that we can develop are:

  • Acquiring
    The process of obtaining and storing information from listening, reading or observing. We should know where to search for information and how to store its bits in their ‘right places’.
  • Encoding
    The process of making new information meaningful by linking it to our existing knowledge and experience in order to memorize it easily. If information is never encoded, it will also never be remembered.
  • Remembering
    The process of building up our own information databases to access prior experiences while learning new information and relationships.
  • Comprehending
    The process of understanding information by making inferences and connections.
  • Applying
    The process of making use of knowledge by selecting, transferring, and using knowledge acquired in one context to complete a task in another.
  • Analyzing
    The process of carefully examining information to understand its purpose, structure, and relationships between the elements. It allows for the recognition of hidden meanings and identification components.
  • Integrating
    The process of creating the whole picture by putting together parts of information like a puzzle.
  • Synthesizing
    The process of originating, integrating and combining ideas into a single whole.
  • Trimming
    The process of getting rid of unnecessary things; just like cropping the hedges. Sometimes a small amount should be removed, and sometimes it requires removing large ‘slashes.’
  • Evaluating
    The process of weighing already processed information to come to a determination by predicting, relating gained knowledge from several fields, and drawing conclusions.
  • Creating
    The process of causing something new to exist by using previous experience and ideas to create new combinations and generate new ideas.

So let's start taking care of the learning process – to learn how to learn. Learning is not drilling. Our modern world requires us to be real experts in our fields. And becoming experts means working hard and continuously improving ourselves.

It’s not easy to succeed in such improvements while we are busy all the time — having problems at home, being buried with work, and stuck with dozens of chores that we can’t put off any longer. Don’t waste your time trying to figure out by yourself what to do, how to do it, where to find useful and relevant information, and so on. Y Skills Institute is here for you. We are ready to help everyone acquire the thinking skills that will be the solid foundation of any ‘building’ you want to put up.