Learning is the most important part of a child’s life. Scratch that; learning is the most important thing for people of all ages. If we’re not learning, we’re not growing. Psychologists say that most human behaviour is learned behaviour. You might think that’s a stretch. But we’re learning ever since we took birth. We learn how to walk, eat, cook, drink, and, well, behave. Not just that, even our reactions to problematic situations are learned. We’re conditioned into thinking the way we think, act, speak, and perceive things. We also learn how to prepare for the next moment by reflecting on our past behaviour. We learn how to act by idolising; by learning what our idols would do/have done in a similar situation. Come to think of it, even the most basic humanity comes out of learning. We can sit back and think that how we act is something that belongs to us solely, but in retrospect, we have learned our actions, reactions, and emotions like compassion, empathy, devotion, and ambition, among other things.
What we learn is sometimes defined by how old we are. For example, a primary thing for a child to learn would be how to drink water, and later, he is going to learn how to eat, then chew, and then swallow. If this part of learning gets skipped, then the child is going to be underdeveloped even as he continues to grow chronologically. This initial part of learning is really important. Today, we are going to talk about how learning is really important for a child, in all areas, and how STEM can help with that.
STEM – The Effective Key to Learning
STEM is the safest learning technique. It’s the application of an idea that involves trial and error, hands-on learning, DIY, and gaining enough knowledge to solve real-world problems. It’s not just a learning or a teaching technique; it’s a well-tested, well-implied form of education that gives students a chance to really think and be practical. It encourages students to be pragmatic, and logical. STEM helps with reasoning and tries to eliminate blind faith in textbooks and cramming an endless number of pages for examination. It excels in every area.
Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development states
We know that 75% of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge. It is critically important that we make sure that our children are learning the skills that they will need to fulfil these roles.
However, even while practicing STEM, learning is important, and there are some things that all learners must know to be able to use their time effectively and understand their subject thoroughly:
Teachers Make Great Learners
So, now that you’re done with learning, and practicing, and you’re certain you understand everything about the topic that you’ve taken up, try to teach it to somebody else. A lot of times, when we’re trying to educate someone, we’re framing answers. And believe me; that goes a long, long way when the paper that you’re writing is a lengthy one.
Observe and Apply
When we say observe and apply, we’re not just talking about science experiments or things that you practice in labs; we’re talking about subjects like concepts, art, drawing, whatever it may be. Chances are, everything that you’re just learning has been around you all along, and you just didn’t notice it. So learn, and observe. You can always find something around that you’ve only read in a notebook. That is the most important thing about learning. You can learn, and learn, and learn, and you will never stop applying.
Combine Words and Visuals
When we are provided with information, there is often a visual presentation to go along with it. An image, a chart or graph, or a graphic organizer. When you are studying, making it a habit to pay attention to these visuals and link them to the content by explaining what they mean in their own words is a really effective way to learn. This way, you can create your own visuals for the concepts you are trying to understand or learn. This process is going to make remembering things easier for you because now the topic has made a place in the brain through two different paths.
Thinking of multitasking by cramming up all topics one night before the exam and sacrificing your sleep while doing so? Nope. Don’t. Do. It. What you should do, however, is much simpler. Study one topic at a time, and give yourself breaks in between topics. This is really important. It’s ok if you give yourself a couple of days break before picking up a new topic from the same subject. But trying to study all at once is only going to give all the information you’ve gained shape of clutter. Space out your study sessions. You don’t have to learn everything in one sitting if you’ve already studied your topics separately, and understand them well.
In A Nutshell
Learning is essential. Effective learning is what makes a person efficient. Remember that you don’t have to rush into anything. Learning takes time and it’s only fair to you if you take your time with it. That is going to take you a long way in your student life, and after that as well.