How to Supercharge Your Learning
There is no doubt in my mind that the most productive way to learn is to teach others.
When you need to teach others, you will find that responsibility propelling you ahead to learn as much as you can in order to effectively help others learn. Usually the teachers invest much more time than the students learning the material.
In effect, the person that learns the most is actually the teacher, the mentor.
Therefore, if you want to learn the most, you should always make it a priority to teach others. This applies whether you are a beginner or an expert.
Beginners often make the mistake thinking they cannot teach others because they are beginners. They have the viewpoint that only experts are capable and worthy of teaching others. They think that one must have some sort of credentials or qualifications in order to teach.
But nothing can be further from the truth. If beginners can’t teach others, then student study groups won’t work at all. Yes, that’s what students are doing – they are teaching each other. We just don’t refer to it as teaching.
If picking a different term helps, let’s call this activity “sharing what you learn with others.” Sharing your learning with others not only enriches others, it also helps enhance your learning by ten fold.
Not only will you study harder, it also requires you to synthesize your learning, improve your communication skills, and at the same time you might get valuable feedback from others on how to improve from where you are. Look at all the benefits!
This is the reason we started the TechMentors group. We are looking to build an environment where everyone are comfortable teaching / mentoring / sharing what they learn with each other. The focus here isn’t about how good you are, but how much you can learn via sharing.
So don’t be shy. Share what you learn with others. When you do that, you will find that the one that benefits the most is you.