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How To Get Your Online Education — Part Three

Written By: Joe Bingham

LEARNING THROUGH ACTION

Let’s face it, you can read up and study a subject all you want, and
you can learn a great deal, but eventually you’ll come to a stand still in
your learning process unless you start to APPLY what you have
learned.

Say you’ve been studying gardening. You may have the necessary
growing season, seed depth at planting, and preferred lighting of every
plant memorized, but that still won’t net you any tomatoes.

There comes a point when your learning will only advance when you
take ACTION!

When you start applying your education to actual doing, you begin to
develop another critical learning tool. Experience. The immediate
benefit, of course, is that you’ll start to see the things you’ve learned
play out right in front of you. You won’t have to accept that learning
on faith anymore. Through experience, you gain a knowledge for
yourself.

Experience undoubtedly leads to mistakes, but even they are great for
learning. Keep track of how you do things so that when mistakes do
happen you’ll have some information ready to help you analyze them.
Often, analyzing what went wrong leads to new ideas of how to make
things work better.

Applied action also helps you to better understand the expert advice
you have sought out and are gaining from others. Now, as you still
seek that expert advice, you will be asking more informed and
detailed questions. This is the time having a mentor or expert contact
can be the most beneficial. Instead of talking abstractly, you can now
discuss specific situations and details.

Learning by doing creates better reinforcement in the mind. It adds
the next dimension necessary to move yourself up from being
educated to being skilled.

Learning NEVER takes place on a straight line either. The more you
learn, the more you realize there are many more questions yet
unanswered. This leads you into more discussion, including related
topics, and also creates a better overall learning experience in the long
run.

The next part in this series gets into the more technical issues of
learning from yourself and creating new ideas that go beyond what
you have been taught.

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About the Author

Joe Bingham is the editor of the NetPlay Newsletters.

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