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Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn

Since you are born you learn new things out of pure curiosity. Once you get a bit older you are expected to study and learn new things at school. But has anyone ever taught you how to learn? I have always loved school and the idea of learning and acquiring new skills. There are of course some subjects I like more than others and some teachers have been better at teaching than others. All this has affected on the amount of time and effort I have put into either studying or learning a subject.

What is the difference then? According to ABA English they can be defined as:

To Learn – to gain knowledge or skill by studying, practising, being taught, or experiencing something.

To Study – to read, memorise facts, attend school, etc., in order to learn about a subject.

Like everyone else, some things I have just been memorising for an exam. Haven’t you heard countless of times someone saying the phrase “I studied but I didn’t learn anything”? People often wonder if they are just poor students because they don’t learn something. I think it is not that they are necessarily poor students – they just don’t know the best way for them to learn a specific thing. We are all different kind of learners and the teacher might not tell the things in a way that everyone in the class understands the best. The business world is constantly changing and the workers need to be able to adapt to it and continuously develop new skills at the same time. At this point the ones who are open-minded and able to widen their know-how possess a significant competitive advantage over the ones who have thought about working in the same occupation until their retirement.

At Proakatemia there are no exams, no compulsory classes and no teachers giving homework – and still the graduating students score high grades on their final theses. Proakatemia’s learning by doing method forces students to dig deeper and discover their own learning style. This makes it possible for them to study using a method most suitable to their own needs which eventually leads to learning instead of mere memorising. Students gain new skills and knowledge about subjects that interest them personally and the hunger for learning grows gradually along the way. They don’t have to study things they feel no passion for. Learning is supported by fellow students and coaches accompanied by a wide network of alumni students. The students also get acquainted with a learning technique called dialogue which is unique in many ways – especially in a country of which people are known for their silence.

One of the biggest competitive advantages the students of Proakatemia develop is that they learn how to learn and how to improve themselves. It provides them with qualifications for lifelong learning and employability. This is an important quality when it comes to meeting the ever-changing business world of today. You need to know a little bit of this and a little bit of that and once you’ve finally learned a new thing it gets old and you need to start with a new topic. Along with your ability to learn you have the vast network you’ve grown during your studies at Proakatemia – if you don’t know how to do something, you most likely know someone who can help you with that!

– Titta Savolainen, a student and a member of the Marketing and Communications team of Proakatemia

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