You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

I have always been lucky in that I am an equal opportunity learner. I am also an equal opportunity test taker, written exams or multiple choice, it doesn't make a difference, as long as I am prepared, I don't have a preference. I do however like the well rounded approach, in that I like to read about it, observe the person while they are doing it and listen to the directions while it is being done and then having the chance to do it myself.

If I couldn't have all the above then I am very comfortable with grabbing the manual and figuring it out on my own for as long as it takes. I realize in this world, where apparently the premium is set on shortcuts and not taking the proper amount of time to really show how something should be done; you have to whittle it down to a choice of one or the other and not both. Which in my opinion is a sad state of affairs. We are depriving ourselves of quality teaching and training, all in the call for speedier results. The old ways with apprenticeships and longer training times, I imagine produced more qualified individuals. It doesn't have to be this way, we aren't going anywhere. Taking the time to properly teach something using as many methods as possible can't be a bad thing. Why are we always in a rush, the only thing waiting for us is old age and death. They are definitely not going anywhere else; so we should take our time getting to them and concentrate on doing the best with what we are doing now.

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