ins and outs of learning
(Hero of the Light)
I just took a break from boiling down the logic-based learnings (read: vocab not included) from my semester Spanish class into about 4 or 5 pages of notes and read Hero's diatribe on education and creativity.
As I have been progressing through the 9 chapters and 200 some odd pages, I've realized I really haven't learned that much. Apart from cramming my head with vocab, which I find a futile effort anyway (learn that when you go 'there'), there hasn't been too much in the way of how to articulate thoughts or craft statements. And now I wonder why I was always so worried about any exam in there, apart from the usual reamming I took from the vocab section.
Perhaps I didn't want to learn it, or didn't think I could. I had similar blocks in the physics classes I took, and also have seen it in others (usually with math). I'd struggle throughout a set of chapters, and then right before the test when I actually buckled down and spent some time on it, could magically see the underlying theory or logic behind whatever type of problem or theory. It was that determination to see the whole picture, to become the manipulator and not the manipulated, that let me learn what was being taught. Before actually learning it, I had to first decide that I could.
I've tutored several peers in several subjects, and the difference between those that succeeded and those that sucked was their mindset. Some would allow insights to come to light while others stayed put in their self misery and refused to see the colors of the picture shine through.
Before you try to learn or do something, you must first convince yourself you can. From there it's just a matter of going through the motions of success.