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What Goes Beyond Learning

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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What Goes Beyond Learning

You’ve probably heard this before.

When you learn something and not apply it, you’ll forget 75% of it after six days.

Turns out, there’s science behind that.

But we are not here just for the science.

The natural progression

As a learner myself, I’ve always been fascinated with learning how to learn.

As a father, I’ve also actively watched how my children and strive to help them learn in the most natural way.

As a trainer and consultant, I’ve always been acutely aware of how adults learn. Of late, I’ve also been really curious about the motivation behind why adults learn.

As adults, we approach learning from a problem-oriented angle. Compared to children, where it is more content-oriented.

Therefore, if you learn something for the purpose of solving a problem, it would be safe to assume that you’d be applying what you’ve learned.

Although you know that assumption is not validate under certain circumstances.

But for the most part, application is the natural progression after learning.

Question is, what comes after application?

The inverted triangle

The framework we’ve used at LINE Consulting suggests this flow:

  • Learning
  • Application
  • Synthesis

As an active learner, you’ll learn something new so you can do something you’ve never done before.

At some level, you’d want to create your own solutions. That’s when synthesis happens.

By combining what you already know with what you’ve just learned and applied, it creates a virtuous cycle. When this happens, you constantly add new knowledge and experience to what you already know.

Making it a case where what you’ve learn for a specific area can now also be applied to other areas.

Sounds promising?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.