03 August, 2011

How do you learn something?

A couple of hours ago a classmate asked me how to learn the C language? He said that he could not clear the C exam inspite of trying several times. He asked if I have some "notes" available so that he can get away with quickly learning the C language. I suggested him to buy a C programming book, and just read it away, and that would definitely do to clear the paper.

But the question is, "How do we learn something?"

Some say when you memorize something, you learn it! Some have other takes on this topic. I guess, learning is a 3 step process:
  1. Desire
  2. Understand
  3. Do
The first and foremost thing is the 'desire'. If you don't have the desire to learn something, you are never going to learn that thing. I had the desire to learn what goes behind the computers, hence I took the Computer Science course. Similarly, in the case of my classmate, if he has a desire to program computers then he will definitely learn C.

The second step is 'understanding'. When you have the desire to learn something, you are automatically attracted towards it (well that's human nature).Then starts the cycle of understanding the topic or the subject or whatever that is of interest to you. You see, desire is linked to understanding, that is, if you have desire then you start understanding.

The final step is 'doing'. Unless and until you apply what you have understood in practical, you don't learn stuff. If you take the example of a keen child looking at his friends riding bicycles, he is actually understanding how to ride a bicycle by looking at his friends. And unless and until he actually rides the vehicle, he just doesn't learn how to ride. So he takes his elder brothers cycle and tries to ride it. Although he fails initially, but eventually he figures out by doing, i.e., by practically riding the bike.

So, if you want to learn the C language, or the Chinese language, or any stuff in this world, all you have to do is just desire. Desire to learn it. You will eventually understand, and then learn it by doing stuff.


Bikramjit said...

wowo what gyaan SIR JI... I shall make sure i follow the steps now .. :)

how are you


Gaurav said...

I am fine buddy. How's life there?

Ankita said...

Awesome post. It's a reflection of my thoughts. :) Completely true.

Gaurav said...

@Ankita: Thanks ;-)

sm said...

yes desure understanding and doing important

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