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Learning How to Learn

Overfilled classrooms, underachieving students and “learning disorders” are today all too common.

Teachers struggle with classroom management problems while principals ponder the correct levels of discipline to control unruly students.At the same time, adults worry about holding their jobs as technology outpaces the skills they worked so hard to learn.

Such problems have generated libraries full of educational theories. But the problems persist.

Fundamental to all of this are three primary barriers that keep people from successfully learning a subject. Despite all that has been written on the subject of education, these barriers have only recently come to be broadly recognized as critically important in effective education.

The basic fact is that students fail to learn because no one ever taught them how to learn—that is, how to identify the barriers to learning and how to overcome those barriers.

Learning how to learn consists of tools and techniques teachers can use to improve the learning rates of students. These same tools and techniques can be used by students themselves to improve their ability to understand and to use the materials they read and study. And it remains vital for continued learning as one leaves school and faces the challenges of life.

At Better Living Foundation, we define successful learning the same way we define proficiency. Someone who learns a subject successfully should be able to use that subject to accomplish something. They should be able to accomplish it quickly, without error and with good judgment. These are the ingredients for success in life—in any field of endeavor.

With Learning how to learn, a student’s learning issues and scholastic problems can be a thing of the past. If a student is already doing well, he or she can do even better.

For educators, Learning how to learn offers proven teaching strategies and resources that can help resolve classroom issues and improve student achievement.And for any educator to rapidly comprehend and implement new tools and challenges, knowledge of the technology of Learning how to learn is essential.

Learning how to learn opens the door to learning and successful application for students of any age.