Learning by Doing: take action!

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Learning by Doing: take action!

Holly Wadsworth

For Maria Mon­tes­so­ri, Doc­tor and Edu­ca­tor,: “The motor organ which cha­rac­te­rises Man, is the hand at the ser­vice of the intel­li­gence, for the rea­li­sa­tion of work.” To sum­ma­rise, lear­ning is done by doing.  In other words, lear­ning by doing allows the lear­ner to train them­selves, to learn through expe­rience.  This method puts the lear­ner at the heart of what they’re doing.


The benefits


Lear­ning by doing” has signi­fi­cant advan­tages for the lear­ner, and by exten­sion, the com­pa­ny. Here are the main advantages:

  • Trai­ning is more easi­ly assi­mi­la­ted. Prac­ti­sing allows the lear­ner to use seve­ral areas of the brain, use more resources, and the­re­fore remem­ber easier. When you learn to drive, you learn how to start the car when you practice!


  • Since it’s a form of prac­tice, as close to the real thing as pos­sible, the lear­ner is more qui­ck­ly and effec­ti­ve­ly ope­ra­tio­nal after their trai­ning. They’ll have alrea­dy put into prac­tice their know­ledge and acqui­red skills! 


  • Confron­ting mis­takes is also a posi­tive point. It allows you to avoid repea­ting them in the first place but to also bet­ter unders­tand a know­ledge or skill. If you turn the car key the wrong way, it will never start, but you’ll only do it once, not twice!


  • Lear­ning by doing” allows the lear­ner to be more lucid about the know­ledge and skills alrea­dy acqui­red. By confron­ting their limi­ta­tions, they are more aware of their needs and short­co­mings in order to learn effec­ti­ve­ly.



How does it work?




We have often heard that to memo­rise, you have to repeat… But it’s not that simple! Do you remem­ber all the poems you lear­ned at school? You’ve heard them so many times and repea­ted them! Repe­ti­tion alone is not enough. Repea­ting dif­fe­rent­ly, on the other hand, will make a real dif­fe­rence! To do this, change the approach while kee­ping the lear­ner active.




One of the cha­rac­te­ris­tics of “lear­ning by doing” is the abi­li­ty of this method to pro­duce emo­tions. And neu­ros­cien­tists know that emo­tion is a key fac­tor in memo­ri­za­tion! The emo­tion expe­rien­ced during trai­ning that the lear­ner relives in a pro­fes­sio­nal situa­tion will trig­ger the memo­ry. The know­ledge and skills acqui­red will then be deployed and used effectively. 




Final­ly, “lear­ning by doing” allows for grea­ter pro­jec­tion, always with a view to sti­mu­la­ting assi­mi­la­tion. Recei­ving infor­ma­tion is much more effec­tive when the lear­ner knows they will have to apply it imme­dia­te­ly after­wards! When you look at a recipe, you are gene­ral­ly much more atten­tive to the ingre­dients or the steps if you have alrea­dy taken out your whisk than if you had to make the recipe next week! 



As the great Albert Ein­stein once said: “Know­ledge is gai­ned through expe­rience, eve­ry­thing else is information”.