This is one of the most basic learning skills: KNOWING HOW TO LEARN
Before I could learn, I had to discover that I couldn’t learn!
So, I went to school and had bad grades and outside school, I could not change my habits or become more skilled.
Clearly, a sign that I have a learning problem, right? – I didn’t think so – LOL – I can’t believe that this really happened.
Hmm.. but clearly I did improve some skills, right? e.g driving! Well, not even that, I didn’t learn from my mistakes!
So, where did the improvement come from? –
Wait! “Copying others.” This did not work!
I just copied other people without actually analysing my results or comparing my actions or correcting my mistakes!
This is quite a trick and I am only telling you this to watch out for when you train people on basic learning skills.
Copying is all well and good, but to learn one has to take responsibility for one’s learning.
He has to see: I did this wrong. Why did I?, I did such and such and then I did blah….
So, if I had done this then this wouldn’t have happened.
Okay, let’s try this out now.
One of the biggest blocks, to doing this, is nomenclature. Why? – because often it is not defined and everyone has their own idea of what it really means, so you get misaligned communication and do enough of it and the guy starts thinking it is safer to just “copy” everyone because I don’t understand anything they write anyway.
Have a library or “Wikipedia” or slack #library with the nomenclature of your company and make them read it and ideally go around and check them on the correct usage.
When you have a team and they all have done this and really know their words, the speed of communication goes out the roof. Knowing the meaning of words in your field is one of the most basic learning skills but critical to learning success.
With digital learning and eLearning offering so many tools this should be a piece of cake but the nomenclature is one of them that is overlooked quickly. This another one of the important basic learning skills you must have.
We get “fancy” and that is fine but we have to start with a good foundation or “fancy” becomes “wobbly.” Have you noticed this?
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