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The Basics of Learning

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Evolution
Humanity owes its ascendance above all other creatures to one ability that we seem to have in abundance - the ability to learn. Different studies have yielded various results, but the one they all agree on is that the ability to learn is multi-generational. One can learn from as early as brainstem development in the womb all the way to the last breathe of centenarian. Learning is a lifelong ability, and all that remain is if and what we want to learn.

Everything around us that we take for granted is the result of someone's study, is the result of someone's research and powers of observation. Learning is about the ability to assimilate knowledge in a way that it becomes a part of us, it permeates us as we marinate in it. The level of absorption is dependent on various factors. One, above most is the way the material is presented to us. That is dependent on which hemisphere of our brain is dominant. Those with a dominant right brain, learn better in a different way than do those with a dominant left hemisphere. The ideal is to promote activity in both.

The Basis of Learning
Learning is not merely about absorbing information and regurgitating it at a point in the future. That has little value, if any. Learning is about internalizing certain information and allowing it to percolate in the recesses of the mind. And when the time comes, these new morsels of information spark other realizations. It must be a two-plus-two-equals five situation.

When learning is involved, it is important to evaluate the teacher. The best teacher in the world is yourself. But that is not always practical. There are certain situations, where, for the sake of expediency we have to entrust the responsibility of learning to a third person. It is very important that this person takes the responsibility very seriously.

Advanced Learning
The gravity of this is magnified when the learning in question is taken at an advanced level. Most learning at this stage is related directly to highly technical or specialized disciplines. It is also during a time that the person who is learning is not writing on a blank page; they are learning with years of experiences, prejudice and preconceived notions. Cutting through all this requires a fair bit of experience, and only a teacher and the institution that supports him, who has the training, experience and structure will be able to deliver the material effectively.

An experienced educator is part teacher, part motivator and part disciplinarian. To be a teacher, requires in-depth technical, theoretical and practical intimacy with the subject-matter. To be a motivator, requires an understanding of how human learning is accomplished as a whole and how individual learning happens in different situations. Being a motivator is more challenging than being a teacher and certainly more rewarding. Finally, there is the part of the educator that is the disciplinarian. A disciplinarian commands the respect of his student, without which the student lacks the authority figure to assign credibility to the teaching.

The Desirable Educator
For these issues, it is then highly desirable to have a teaching institution or educator that is highly experienced in the area they specialize in. Over or under emphasis on any are will lead to suboptimal results and this will result in inadequate learning on the part of the student.

In the wake of the Internet, there are loads of institutions that have sprouted to mimic the likes of Technologia, one of the pioneers in their field. But the frauds have proven incapable of matching the effectiveness of Technologia's Online Training programs. This is the case with many industry leaders. The moment there is a clear leader, there are those who will try to emulate their methods.


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