You Be the Teacher – You Be the Student!
You can be both a teacher and a learner at any age, and you can do so at the same time.
What do I mean by this?
When you are trying to learn something, put yourself into the teacher’s role. Pretend that you are teaching yourself. Alternatively, you can pretend that you are teaching an imaginary classmate. (Suggestion – pick someone you like!)
Use this method during your homework sessions to help you remember information.
This method is not only good for retaining information, but it will also help you learn how to explain concepts, plots for stories, themes, terms, etc. When the test or exam, or even a pop quiz, arrives, you will have already had practice explaining in your own words – and you will remember!
Teaching others – even imaginary others – is a great gift to you.
You have probably already had this experience.
Have you ever taught a child, parent, sibling, or friend how to ride a bike, play a board game or video game, read, dance, play a sport and so on.
I bet you have.
Remember that teaching (or learning) is not all about academic subjects. In fact, you have many learning experiences long before you ever get to school. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members are your first “teachers.” They help to get you sitting up, to turn babbling into single words, to stand, and to walk. Many of the things you learned before you went to school were also learned – at least in part – with you being your own teacher. Practice, practice, correction, practice, practice, tweaking a bit, practice, practice – mastery! (Of course, the practice, corrections, and tweaking usually go on much longer.) There is a lot of trial and error learning going on right from the very beginning of your life.
You have probably taught yourself many things since then, particularly anything that you are very interested in doing.
The fact that you might not be completely enthralled with learning algebra, or history, or science, does not negate the fact that you can be your own teacher during practice sessions. Giving yourself permission to take over both roles will enhance the learning experience, make it much more interesting, help you remember, and may even make you a little more understanding and empathetic toward the classroom teacher who is trying to help you gain the knowledge.
So, give it a try during your next homework session. Be the one to answer the questions as always, but try being the one who asks the questions as well. Practice being the one who encourages you to learn, who directs you to the right pages, who points out the important bits, even the one who is stern when you go astray.
I know you will be increasing your learning by a substantial amount!
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