Learning To Apply Information

Learning To Apply Information



There are many definitions of​ intelligence, but the one I have learned in​ high school claimed that intelligence in​ nature is​ the ability of​ an​ animal or​ a​ human to​ use the information they have learned.

I have also read about the idea that there are several levels of​ learning. The lowest level of​ learning, is​ just memorizing the material and being able to​ "regurgitate" it​ in​ the same term it​ was presented, and the highest levels of​ learning are the learning styles that use the material in​ other contexts, and the learning style that builds on top of​ the material learned.

For example, when you teach your child about addition, and he immediately understands the concept of​ subtraction. or​ if​ you teach your child about the structure of​ the dinosaurs teeth in​ relation to​ their food, and your child looks at​ your pet and tries to​ guess the structure of​ their teeth, based on their food.

Well - you don't need to​ wait for your child to​ develop that level of​ learning by himself. You can develop this habit and way of​ thinking on purpose. Here are some examples:

If you have a​ baby, and you are looking for books to​ read to​ your baby or​ to​ read with your baby, choose for several books with related subjects. For example, if​ you have a​ book that tells a​ story about an​ animal ( a​ bear, a​ duck, whatever animals often appear in​ children's books), prepare another book that gives different information about the same animal. The child will associate the information in​ one book to​ the information in​ the other book.

For school age children: if​ you are helping your child with math, always find a​ use for the concept you are learning. For example: addition. Tell a​ story that demonstrates the use of​ addition: for example: "John went to​ the store to​ buy candy. He bought one bar of​ Snickers that cost him 1 dollar and 1 bag of​ Chocolate Kisses that cost 2 dollars. How much did he spend?

If you help your child with history, and the discussion is​ about a​ certain place, pull out a​ map and show him exactly where the place is, and learn something about the geography of​ this particular place.

You don't have to​ wait for your child to​ do some school activity. Whenever you discuss something, or​ observe something that calls your attention, when you come home find a​ piece of​ information about that subject in​ the encyclopedia, to​ read about. For example, you have taken your child to​ visit a​ friend, and you have heard that one of​ the friend's parents is​ a​ lawyer. When you come home, find a​ story about a​ famous lawyer, or​ some other bit of​ information about lawyers. Remind your child that the friend's parent is​ a​ lawyer, just like in​ the story.

In this way, you are developing in​ your child the habit of​ looking for a​ way to​ apply the information they acquire. to​ look for the association between different bits of​ information. to​ relate their knowledge to​ other fields and subjects. This is​ true intelligence.




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