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What is the best way to learn outside of the classroom?

In school the obvious way to learn is to study and learn from a course. What are ways you may learn while in school? Would it be best to learn from other students or spend time talking to professors of our of course topics? I would personally prefer to learn more than my classroom material. #adult-learning-theory #education #studying-tips #learning

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Chetan’s Answer

I learn from building or working on projects from that field or topic. I would start a project and learn along the way. During the project, I would watch youtube videos, read blogs about the topic. This helps in applying the things that we learn. It gives me better feeling than from a classroom training.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Colin,

I think that your best bet is learning through your peers. The challenge here is figuring out the right people to learn from. That is going to take some work. You can learn from anyone, but learning the right way or a best way will take you some more time. Do they have good grades in the subject? Are they easy for you to understand? Some of the smartest people that I know actually have a very difficult time telling me what they know or how they know it.

When you have that someone you can count on, you still need to be doing the work. I would call this learning by doing. I would say try to do something first. From art to math, see what you can do on your own. That way you know what you know and you can focus on what you don't. Depending too much on friends means that you could look to them more than you really need to. Try it first and then ask for help. Another tip - when you learn something, as soon as possible, teach it to someone else. Teaching someone else has you remembering the information in a different way. That other person may ask you for guidance that you had not considered before. As an instructor, I am always learning something new when I teach.

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Simeon’s Answer

You can learn a lot by looking up the bibliography of the textbooks that you're using in class and using it as a reference to find new books. Textbooks usually condense and simplify a lot of the information that is available in many other books. The result is that you only get a surface level understanding of much of the material that you're teaching in class.
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