Importance of learning in contemporary world environment

I am a student of BBM (Bachelor In Business Management) from TU (Tribhuvan University). Until now I only looked at books and classrooms as a part of studying and scoring marks. As a result, most of the things I studied phased out from my brain. The mark sheet and certificates are only proof of my academic qualifications. This has resulted in me to become unaware of the things that I have learned. Now, when the subjects are narrowed and specified, I try to look back and think am I in the wrong place. Now, the importance of learning has a significant impact on my life. Therefore, to mitigate the contradiction between studying and learning I tried differentiating learning with studying.

The words learn and study are closely related to each other. Learn means "to gain knowledge or skill by studying" and study means "to read, memorize facts, attend school, etc."

When you study something, you have not learned it yet. When you are studying something, you are reading books or articles about something you do not know a lot about yet, or using mediums to memorize facts, or listening to a teacher in a classroom, or watching videos about something so that you can know something or do something well.

When you learn something, you make it part of the things you know. When you know a lot about a subject, or skillful or knowledgeable about something, you have learned it. Learning is gaining knowledge by studying, and studying is done to learn things. Studying is usually associated with formal education and is more about simply gaining knowledge. Learning, on the other hand, is not just about gaining knowledge but about applying it in situations in your daily life.
The difference between studying and learning may seem trivial at first, but failing to understand the difference could be the breaking point for an individual or organization.

Reasons for learning rather than learning
First, applying knowledge after understanding and studying it is becoming increasingly important. It is one thing to truly understand a topic but the real test of knowledge is to use all the knowledge that you’ve gained in different real-life situations.

Second, studying alone is no longer enough in this fast-changing era. There was a time when studying and earning a degree was enough to get you a job. Of course, you’d need some experience for higher-level jobs, but a degree signified that you were “educated” and knowledgeable enough in a given field to do well in the job. If you held a master’s degree, chances are you would climb even higher on the corporate ladder. This definitely still rings true today; however, a degree is no longer the main and only requirement for getting a job or getting a promotion. These days, experience and transferable skills such as empathy and leadership are increasingly becoming more important. People have to go beyond the classroom and learn other things to keep up.
All this is happening because of the fast development of technological advancements such as machine learning and automation. They’re taking away a lot of repetitive and automated jobs, while we will see an increase in jobs that can support those advancements. This means the current access to learning these future skills is very limited -- we need to already have the mindset to learn.

Third, studying and learning is like pushing and pulling. Studying pushes content to your learners, while learning occurs when the learners themselves pull the content they’re interested in learning. A push of content is needed as people may not always be aware of certain topics that might be suited to them. However, pushing content alone can amount to forcing people to learn something. Therefore, it’s important to also provide enough space for learners to take a look at the content in front of them and then pull out the material they believe is relevant to them and their work.

Finally, studying and learning is like understanding content in a passive and active way. You can say studying is about observing and absorbing the content -- you understand things in a manner where you do not really engage that much with topic. Learning, on the other hand, is a lot more active -- you understand things through hands-on experience.

Two Approaches to learning (Taking example of Language)
There are many different ways to learn most subjects, but there is really only one effective way to become fluent in a language.

Approach 1 – Book Learning
You can take a language book, break it down into different sections, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. You can spend time drilling on each of these components separately, with only small amounts of cross over. You can even completely memorize passages to feel how they work together. However, you are not truly learning the language. If you treat language learning as merely studying, you are missing several key requirements that result in actually learning the language.

Approach 2 – Skill Learning
You really cannot compartmentalize language. Every aspect is integrated to form the language. Without vocabulary, you can’t work with grammar. Without pronunciation, you cannot speak the grammar and vocabulary you have learned. Every aspect of the language is tied to the others. Just as you did not learn English in pieces, you can learn any other language that way. Rote memorization simply does not work. Think of a song you know in another language (or a foreign phrase in a song you enjoy). You can sing it, but it doesn’t really mean anything to you. While there will be a lot of repetitious actions, such as reviewing text multiple times and working with flashcards, there is much more to the learning process. By equating what you are learning with English, you will better understand how the two languages are comparable and how they are different.

Unlike most subjects, learning is a skill. To succeed, you are going to have to realize that mistakes are a part of it. Make working at it part of your regular routine. That is the only way to really develop your skills.

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