What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know. To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works.
What does ‘learning how to learn’ mean?
- It means studying smart, and studying effectively.
- This article stresses the importance on how students study and the methods they use and practise, rather than the content of what is being studied.
What are 3 studying tips from the article that you can practise?
- Drawing pictures or diagrams to help understand the subject I am studying.
- During studying or revision, I think back and reflect on what I already know or have learnt.
- When I don’t understand anything I am studying, I go through it again.
- I discuss what I have learnt with other people, like my classmates, siblings, parents, or teachers.
Why is effective learning important?
- This is so that we spend productive time studying, rather than spending a lot of time studying but not learning anything in the end.
- Learning how to study is as important as learning what to study.