Archive for June 2004

My learning plan: Making learning fun

My learning plan: Making learning funI love to learn. But I was a terrible student: I got kicked out of school at age 14 and even after deciding that it might be a good idea to find a new one and finish high-school, I managed to not only never do homework but also attend as few classes as possible, keeping a schedule of how many times I could skip class and still get credits.

College was not much better: to the last day I could not even remember the class room location. Somehow I still managed to graduate from law school at one of the most difficult colleges in Europe, while working full time.

I don’t think I ever learned anything in a class-room. It’s just not how my brain is wired. I like debates and controversial discussion. They seem to activate my receptors. So, when I read a book I tend to get a few more on the same subject and read them simultaneously.

I think the big shortcoming of today’s educational institutions lays in its focus on the subject matter versus the subject it is supposed to educate. Studies show that through adapting the learning style to the students needs, learning times can be reduced by as much as 75%.