The Best Way to Learn is to Teach
Learning March 1st, 2008
If it’s not already obvious by the new site title here at Learn This, I hope this site will be a resource for people to learn from.
While I plan to publish a lot of articles on many topics (the planned queue is getting larger every day), I do this primarily to help others learn some of the things I’ve learned myself.
Now some I’ve learned by watching others, some by trial and error, some I’ve learned by talking with or reading articles from others, and some I’ve learned just by practice and observation.
In doing this over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to really learn something is to teach that same thing to someone else.
Anytime you have to teach something, you are forced to plan, think and act on what you learned which really drives it home.
There is a LOT of other personal learning benefits to teaching and sharing what you know. Here are some of the advantages in teaching for the purpose of learning:
When teaching you review content which refreshes your memory of the content
You get asked questions so need to understand it in order to respond
Teaching it often makes you ask questions and research or study things in more depth
Its wonderful to have others appreciate your help and to see them learn
Makes you feel great to share with others
Teaching and learning exercise you memory which keeps the brain healthy longer in life
Commit things to your long term memory to increase your knowledge
Helps you give advice or information in various situations (depends what you teach)
Provides great conversation starters talking about things you teach
Most people are more interested in a person who can teach them something