I already told you

by | Mar 25, 2021 | Learning

I already told you

Yes you did, but I didn’t hear you. I didn’t get it. Can you show me again?

Whether we are teaching formally, working with a colleague, or being a parent, we have to repeat things. Often multiple times. And yes, it can be frustrating. But learning new skills, new behaviours, new ways of thinking and being, take more than one try.

This is true of learning digital skills, sewing, writing, and speaking.

Repetition is a prerequisite of learning. And so the 1% rule comes in handy here too. If our aim is to be 1% better than we were yesterday, it is a worthy goal. Not perfect, just 1% better. Everyday. It might seem tiny and not good enough. But because of compounding, it results in 40 times better after a year.

So yes, we need to run digital literacy sessions regularly and repetitively. One offs rarely work. But also repetition of the exact same thing can useful for certain types of learning (e.g. a better swim stroke). However, repetition doesn’t have to be this way. It can be creative and diverse ways of discussing and teaching the same concept through different ways. In fact, repetition in this way is often the best for change.

So yes, please tell me again, but not the same way with extra volume.

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny


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