How to learn to learn

Self-learning is when you’re driving down the freeway and suddenly you hear the screeching of the brakes, you turn your head and there’s a traffic jam, and it turns out you’ve gone the wrong way.

Learning – when you see something that hasn’t happened before or after, and as a result – spontaneously – you remember what you’ve learned and learn new techniques; when you do and learn something that no one has done before, and yet – you see, you see! – that it is possible.

– That is to say, in other words, the phenomenon of self-learning systems is not fully understood because it has not been tested in practice. The phenomenon has not been described by science. It is not generalized. And so I can’t say anything in this direction. I can only say within a narrow framework. Here, for example, that the person who says, “I need this now – this kind of language, this kind of grammar” – he refers to that system of self-control (I understand: you do not like the word “self-control”) that he has. And he – in this – is the basis of the learning process.

And generally in any field of human knowledge we use only this system of self-control.

It is the simplest one: “Well, I have learned this, and it helped me, and from now on I will know how to do it even better. And I’m going to do it.”

– What about literacy? What does literacy mean?

– Well, first of all, those language skills, which are the foundation of literacy – they’re formed in childhood. And, secondly, I mean exactly self-education, because if this tool did not work – you could say that there is no education and that there was no education.

So, there are two points:

1) – Knowledge must be confirmed by practice – tested in the task that was solved. And this is a rule all the time – both in school and then in production.

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2) – If as a result of the task we have more or less decent knowledge – it means it was formed in the process of learning. Because what we teach – this is self-education.

Some people think that without education there is no literacy.

This is completely wrong – firstly, because education is impossible without literacy; secondly, because – it takes much more time to teach literacy than it does to teach literacy.