How Humans Learn in Science


This may sound like a stupid question? But the answer to this question holds the key as to why top achievers can learn fast and achieve amazing results. Very few people are fully aware of this process, as it seems to occur unconsciously. However, by being consciously aware of various stages of learning, you in control of determining how fast you want to achieve the results you desired.

The 4 stages of learning are as followed:

  1. Unconscious incompetence. You do not know what you do not know.
  2. Conscious incompetence. You are aware of what you have yet to learn.
  3. Conscious competence. You are aware of what you have already mastered.
  4. Unconscious competence. What you have mastered has already become part of you without the conscious thought of it.

All of us started at stage 1. The key to learning anything fast is to know everything you need to know about the subject/ work fast, which is stage 2. Even Donald Trump said, “….learn everything you can about what you are doing, that’s a good way to cover your bases.” You cannot afford to lose out any detail which can make a difference between good and great. In order to learn things you need to know is to ask the right questions. Every decision we make is a result of questions. The reason why top achievers obtain great results is that they constantly ask quality questions on how they can improve on their performance. The questions are the answers.

Since primary school, we have been told what to study for exams, which is as good as telling the students which fish is good. Instead, we should be learning how to fish. To speed up the process of learning, most of the fundamental concepts of life science are presented in a Q & A format. The questions presented should be the same questions that you should be asking when you’re approaching an unknown subject.

From today, ask yourself which stage of learning are you at? How to learn everything fast to reach the level of unconscious competence.

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