Monday, 18 August 2008

Principles of Learning (Mathematics)

Learning? Yes, a simple word, but the implication is far-reaching than the word itself.

Before we start learning anything useful, we need to question ourselves over its purpose.

If the answer to it is sufficient enough for you to strike on, you are in the correct path to a better future.

However, what is the mental approach to learning, before actual content acquisition?

Is the ownership of learning clear?

These are the questions you have to answer before you set out on the bright journey of learning.

The key issue here is OWNERSHIP of learning.

Besides learning the essential principles of mathematics, the crucial principles of learning has to be handled well too. Do note that both go hand-in-hand.

Principle of learning takes into account the idea that learning is the sole ownership of the learner.

The teacher is, just after all, a catalyst to speed up the learning process. He is there to address any questions that may be harder to solve or missing links that may unknowing been left out during the course of lesson delivery.

But to have a fruitful learning outcome, you must know the fact that you are the ultimate target of the process. You have to constantly remind yourself that "I am the one learning".

Whether can the teacher teach well or explain properly, the learning still goes back to you. (Do not blame anyone for failure to learn!). It becomes an excuse to deviate from the proper.

So, the principles of learning has to be clearly understood before principles of mathematics can be effectively captured.

Mathematics learning will then be a wonderful learning journey.

Wonderful here does not mean easy-going though.

Without decent struggle in learning and thinking, retention of knowledge will not last long. This is a well-known fact! (Struggle here means the mental processing of knowledge, past and current).

Study hard (and smart), and know that you are the final gem that any teacher would like to polish, provided you start off with the correct mindset.

Cheers to learning and cheers to you, the mathematics gem.

Maths Is Interesting!


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