Sometimes the act of learning something new can be a bit difficult on your own. You can read all the books or articles you want, but it doesn't always sink in completely. Productivity blog Pick the Brain has a really simple solution borrowed directly from the education system: find a study buddy to talk it out with.
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It's natural to want to share new knowledge with people, but as Pick the Brain points out the one big advantage to classroom learning is that everyone is on the same page and can help each other conceptualise difficult topics. When you discuss or debate a topic with other people, your understanding is increased as well. It's a win-win for everyone involved. Pick the Brain points out another key advantage to hearty debate:
The advantage of carrying on a conversation with someone who has similar interests in a topic, is that it allows you to either affirm your own beliefs or perhaps see where they may be flawed. Notice that "flaw" doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely wrong, but possibly in need of an adjustment. The need to be assisted or guided by our peers is an inevitable circumstance.
It's remarkably simple, but discussion is the basis for a large number of university classes. It might seem a little silly to find a study buddy in your adult life, but the benefits are certainly there for the taking.
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