• Mayur Pawar

Shake up your life: How to learn & advance in any subject?

Learning and advancing anything is a very sophisticated and reliant process. Learning can be defined as the ability to memorize a certain set of supposed facts. When we go to school we generally learn things. Teachers go through a well-outlined curriculum and teach a certain subject by presenting certain data as fact, and then expect the students to memorize these facts. Being a good learner usually depends on your ability to memorize this data well and then apply this data in a very limited and focused manner.

Highly proficient performance in any subject domain requires knowledge that is both accessible and usable. A rich body of content knowledge about a subject area is a necessary component of the ability to think and when new and existing knowledge is structured around the major concepts and principles of the discipline then you truly understand anything. Small steps to advancement are very crucial in learning and advancing it. Eventually, every learner has different strategies, approaches, patterns of abilities, and learning styles that are a function of the interaction between their heredity and their prior experiences.

Learning could be joyous and successful if it involves linking new knowledge to what is already known. These links can take different forms, such as adding to, modifying, or reorganizing knowledge or skills. How these links are made may vary in different subject areas and among students with varying talents, interests, and abilities. However, involves more than appending new concepts and processes to existing knowledge; it also involves conceptual change and the creation of rich, integrated knowledge structures. It also works in learning new concepts, if you link concepts or events with new concepts or events then it makes very easy to implement in practical work and understanding subject. For example like the concept maps.

Every individual born with potential that develops through their interaction with their environment to produce their current capabilities and talents. So there would be a certain period for understanding any subject and its concepts. That period is very crucial in the learning process if you do it right that's it if not you will find yourself tough in mastering it.

Humans are motivated to learn and to develop competence. Motivation can be performance-oriented, for example, to get a good grade on a test or to be accepted by a good college, or learning-oriented, for example, to satisfy curiosity or to master challenging material. Regardless of the source, learners’ level of motivation strongly affects their willingness to persist in the face of difficulty. Intrinsic motivation is enhanced when learning tasks are perceived as being interesting and personally meaningful and are presented at the proper level of difficulty. A task that is too difficult can create frustration; one that is too easy can lead to boredom. In learning, there are strong connections between learners’ beliefs about their own abilities in a subject area and their success in learning about that domain. So to advance any subject you must believe in yourself first.

Engage with people in the practices and activities in which shape what is learned. You must involve adapting knowledge and thinking skills to solve unique problems and is based upon the concept that knowledge is contextually situated and is fundamentally influenced by the activity, context, and culture in which it is used.” Learning, like cognition, is shaped by the conventions, tools, and artefacts of the culture and the context in which it is situated. We often miss the practical use of our conceptual knowledge.

Learning is enhanced through socially supported interactions. Learning can be enhanced when you have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with others on instructional tasks. In learning environments that encourage collaboration among peers, such as those in which most practising scientists and mathematicians work, individuals build communities of practice, have opportunities to test their own ideas, and learn by observing others. Research demonstrates that opportunities for students to articulate their ideas to peers and to hear and discuss others. The social nature of learning has important implications for the consequences of the ways in which grouped for instruction.

After advancing there is a voluntary step of research in the learning process. From ages, life is evolving and passing ideas and thoughts to the next generation. So as it's our duty too. Research and innovation certainly open doors for many opportunities in academics and career too. Well, it has endless possibilities.