After watching the video series of Professor Richard Chew of Samford University on Youtube, somewhat I feel guilty of some of his assertions that make a student like me “stupid”. These are:
1) Learning is fast – many students think that by skimming the whole chapter at one sitting will give him an edge over his classmates because of the numerous information he gathered. The truth is, he just browsed over the whole material and retained nothing. Learning takes time. More effort should be devoted to learning to get its potential. You have to read the text at least 3 times to grasp its main points and relate them to similar concepts and previous personal experiences. Focus or concentration is one of the key factors for better comprehension.
2) Knowledge is composed of isolated facts – Jotting down key definition of key terms and memorizing them is a no-no according to Mr. Chew because this kind of learning is superficial. I am surprised to note that what I did during elementary and high school were all wrong. Memorizing the multiplication table was a waste of time. I disagree with Mr. Chew because until now I can still multiply without the aid of a calculator because of that memorization drill. It’s still in my head and it comes out automatically and spontaneously when I need it.
3) Being good at a subject is a matter of inborn talent – Genes do not play an important factor in our knowledge, this is what Mr. Chew is saying. Every student can learn no matter what. It is effort that counts. If we believe that knowledge cannot be acquired, learning stops. Student who is poor in some subject will not exert any more effort to study if knew that it is futile. Likewise, a student who believes that he is a born genius shall not devote any time to studying. I am just wondering, if all students can acquire the same knowledge of those with inborn talents and utilize all the best metacognitive and self-regulated strategies, why is it that their level of intelligence is still not the same?
4) I’m really good at multi-tasking – Well, I was guilty of this while watching Mr. Chew’s videos. The downloading of the video was so slow that I exercised, opened my Facebook account and played internet games while waiting. Although, multi-tasking gave unnecessary distractions during learning, it cannot be avoided if you are a distant learner. While reading my notes, the washing machine is swirling, the rice cooker is on and the chicken is roasting in the oven.