Saturday, February 7, 2009

Can We Develop Learning Skills?

I'd always wanted to speak to students at the college level so when ever an opportunity came along I jumped at it. And then I got little nervous. I have addressed several other audience, but students are different. I questioned myself. "Would I be a good Speaker at College?" "Did I know enough to teach them?" "Would I be able to connect with the students?" "Could I encourage them to learn?" It was a little overwhelming but I was up for a challenge.

Last week I had spend more than an hour with the M.B.A students of ICFAI National College. Now that I had finished talking to them - I'm no longer nervous. In fact I loved it. I love to be with the students. More than that, I love the learning environment. And I'm excited about learning again.

Off late, I've been trying to be a good reader and learner. But this class has reignited my desire to learn in a new way. I realized one thing while preparing to speak to them, the challenge is not teaching the concepts but the real life application of it. I don't want them to be just book worms - I want them to leave my class knowing how marketing works in the real world. I want them to learn and develop excellent learning skills. I realized, in order to teach them any of these things, I must be willing to learn along with them.

One thing I realize is that there is so much I do not know and I need to develop my learning skills which is a life long process. This made me to think, how can I develop Excellent Learning Skills and let me share those thoughts with you.

Tips for Developing Learning Skills:

1)Be willing to admit we don't know the answer

2)Ask questions, be curious

3)Stop trying to act as if we know it all - we don't

4)Make it a point to learn something new every day

5)Attend events, meet people and read things we would not ordinarily participate in

6)Keep an open mind

7)Keep it simple - academia and the use of jargon does not impress people

8)Teach others - we learn the most when we have to teach

9)Take a class

10)And most importantly - have fun with learning

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams

Let's make a commitment to learn something new today.
Learning along with you, Shamim


George said...

My experience is that "If you are ready to teach,then you are ready to learn"

Shamim Rafeek said...

Thanks a lot for your comment