One of the best ways to learn is by teaching. Teaching forces you to really understand the material in order to relay it. Learning only for yourself is not as effective as learning in order to help someone else.
The process of teaching forces you to really understand the material you are conveying. You must first have a thorough comprehension yourself before you can share it with someone else. Teaching is a powerful learning technique when you first strive to thoroughly comprehend the information yourself. Effective teachers are those who know what they are talking about. The best teachers teach by example because they have already successfully used the material they are sharing.
Whenever you help another person solve a problem or overcome an obstacle, both of you learn and benefit. Be willing to even go out of your way to offer assistance. Whenever you give, you also receive. Thinking only of yourself is shortsighted.
A teacher provides information. You can only offer solutions, ideas, and insight. How someone reacts is up to them. Each student decides what to do with the knowledge. Some students pay attention while others don’t care.
A teacher cannot force someone to learn, nor should a teacher be offended by disinterested students. There is no point to arguing with someone who ignores what you offer or disagrees with you.
Poor teachers have trouble making their information easily understood. Incompetent teachers provide misinformation. Successful teachers teach from experience so that their students benefit and are able to utilize what is being taught.
It's possible for someone to feel teaching is an imposition or a waste of valuable time. This attitude harms you. Helping others is a great way to attract the things you want into your life. However the help you offer must not have any strings attached. You want to provide assistance because of what it will do for the other person, not for what you can get out of it.
Make sure any information you give is accurate. If you don’t know an answer, either say so or find out what it is from a reliable source. Bad information is worse than no information. Teaching is a way to help others while helping yourself. It is not a strategy to show off.
As much as you may know something and be willing to teach others, not everyone is receptive to being helped. Some people don’t want help or don’t think they need it. As a teacher, you offer assistance. You never pressure someone into taking it. If your offer is declined, respect the other person’s wishes.
You can also learn from the people you help. Insight can be gained from the questions they ask, the problems they have, suggestions they make, or any confusion they experience. Their perspective may be different than yours. Seek to understand how and why they think the way they do. How have they been affected by their experiences?
Leaning is an endless circle. At times, it may be impossible to differentiate between the student and the teacher. This is especially true when teaching children. Your own spirit gets recharged through interaction with them. You should marvel at their unquenchable curiosity along with how they are constantly amazed by each new discovery.
Regardless of the student’s age, the best teachers teach by example. A powerful message is delivered when your words and actions reinforce each other. Be open to those who show a genuine desire for assistance. Be generous with your time. Countless benefits accrue when you learn by teaching.
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