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Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?

During my educational days I was never actually taught how to learn, obviously this is a bit of a catch 22 question, but after reading books that teach tricks of the memory, and with a higher understanding of how the brain works, would it not be possible to teach people how to learn thereby giving an autonomy to the student, who may then go out and specify their own curriculum?

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    Jul 3 2013: How to learn?

    First step ..To know why we learn

    Why comes first than how..

    Every student should know why they are learning this subject.
    Why one should no history? Why maths? Why anatomy? and so on.
    It creates interest in the subject and learing becomes fun and easier.
    • Jul 3 2013: Hey Adesh

      that is the purpose and not the process.

      Funny enough all native speakers think they are the perfect teachers for foreigners.
      but when you ask a native speaker: "How do you know your own language?" most of them have no idea.
      the common response is: "It is natural"

      a few years ago, a friend asked me to phone to one of these TEFL (Teach English as Foreign Language)
      course. I did.. we got into conversation with one of the guys in the administration of the course.
      The guy thought it was for me, and was telling that my English was perfect enough to teach English (while I actually teach How to use English language techniques in Persuasion Science for Sales and Negotiation)
      The guy was English, obviously... when I ask him: "Do you teach how to teach how to learn English?"
      his answer was close not NO... defending himself by his world wide recognizable certificate and high depend for English teachers, etc.

      so it is not a news that no native speaker knows how they learn their own language, this means they will have difficulties to know HOW to teach, (yet not to mention HOW to learn)

      I learn English as a second language, I used many different approaches in my learning process.. then I learned Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, etc... result? I become an expert in learning languages.
      am I allowed to teach any of them? Officially no, I am not a certified... can I teach? well, my students score higher than the high scored students in the classroom.

      an Italian taught me Dutch
      a Belgian taught me Italian

      I understood that foreigners are the best teacher for foreign language.

      I agree it is good to introduce the purpose WHY to study, make it interesting and easy to learn.
      but more important is knowing HOW the student uses their representative system, how they actually code and decode the information. this is GOING into their mind and make it work for their benefit.
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        Jul 3 2013: I understood that foreigners are the best teacher for foreign language.

        because they are the ones who understands the best, the problem faced by a beginner .
        They also know how to over come these problems in a most efficient way.

        The more foreign language you learn ,the better you become as a teacher of foreign language.

        Edwin you have great experience and you are an excellent teacher with or without a certificate.

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