Monday, August 23, 2010

Smart vs Hard

When I was younger they used to say you need to study more, study harder, more hours!

But seriously it may ring less bells now but last time it barely made any sense to me.

1. No one ever taught us how to study. Everything is tried and tested.
2. Couple that with a person's determination and ability and you get a big, big gamble. That's why some people works out and others just don't.
3. And if studying harder means better than it should, but, there is a limit too. The time constrain. Besides, I didn't know how to study to start with.
4. Everyone have their own way of absorbing knowledge sincerely, and related to it, their own way of grinding out the grades to show it.

Some are honest like my sister, others are cheats like me. Little go in but grades remain good. Sometimes it's bad to wholeheartedly reject knowledge but other times when the judgement and believe that having that knowledge there and then is not good then it isn't bad.

I've never question the relevance of scoring good grades but I've always question the general acceptance that grade directly relate to a person's knowledge and intelligence. Higher grade = smarter. False. Higher grade = (maybe study more, study harder, study smarter, or just born smart) either way it's inconclusive.

Perhaps if I was less lazy and all that I might have been a better student and won myself more decent reward but ruing the wad ifs' of the past hardly IMO change the future. Maybe it does, in a negative way.

In my opinion, studying (or more accurately learning to learn) itself is a skill one gravely needs acquired the sooner the better. Time spent acquiring it is time lost when acquired. Learning is a lifelong lesson so this is indeed a one sided view.

I've came up with a new theory in recent times about the whole concept of studying. Here is where it gets interesting.

What is the difference between primary school, secondary school, diploma, degree and masters education level? Beside the obvious degree of speciality , it is the pace of which the knowledge is absorbed. Them, playing around with new ways of teaching us and us learning from them also suggest this- that the whole purpose of it is to train up the multi-ability in us to ultimately learn better.

If we already are beyond that then whichever way the knowledge is present to us, we see no problem in it, be it a lecture, a tutorial, a case study, an assignment, a thesis, a self study, whichever.

To cut the crap,

Studying at this point seems to be not about going with the fixed amount of knowledge absorbed over a long period of time( aka gradual consistent study) but rather surprisingly, it is about pushing the limits of studability while on a on-and-off basis. Instead of studying a little bit over a long time, it's studying alot of a short time.

And the best part is, it accommodate future space for growing unlike the other where time is a fixed known constrain. In this way, as the education gets higher the frequency of die-hard studying increases too, which come to think about it, is perfectly natural of the way we live our everyday life.

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