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Knowledge Masters Fear

Too bad the sky doesn’t show the same captivating colors of dusk during times when the sun is high in the sky. Even a boring setting like the one depicted from my back patio can turn magical.

Do you think you could explain what a sunset or sunrise looks like to someone who never experienced one for themselves? Could you explain it so well that they could pass a test without having seen one?

What kind of learner are you? Do you respond better to learning from visuals? From text? From demonstration?

I don’t respond well to any of the above, and forget taking tests . . . I was one of those who had test-stress and never did well on them. Yeah, I’m one of those people who rarely reads directions.

I must sound pretty dumb, but there is another way to learn, and it’s where I thrive best. I learn by experience . . . or doing.

I took several writing classes back in the day, but I found that I’d get confused while writing my own work. I’d go back to look at my notes from class and try to implement the lessons, but then my writing seemed stilted. Thankfully, I joined a critique group and things began to change. My writing gets marked in places that could use improvement, and then I’m able to learn by messing around with the sentences myself. I learn by doing.

Gone are the days of apprentices. Well, they’re mostly gone. There are internships, but higher education usually comes first.

Of course, some professions need a lot of teaching before doing. We wouldn’t want a surgeon learning by doing without the proper education first, but eventually they do have to use that knife on a live person.

I’ve been wanting to learn something recently, but knew I’d retain very little if I took a class. So, I decided to call up an expert I knew and ask him to do hands-on teaching lessons with me.

First I need to explain something. The new lesson I wanted to learn was something I feared, and I knew that knowledge could help master the fear. On my first lesson, my pounding heart almost got in the way of remaining steady. By the third lesson, I felt less fearful, but still needed more confidence in my ability. Now, I need to practice in order to master the fear. See the photo below to see what it is I’m learning.

Gun safety

Thanks to my Dad, for being such a patient teacher.

Which way do you learn best?



19 thoughts on “Knowledge Masters Fear”

    1. My mind tends to wander when merely listening, too. As far as having to ‘do’ things to be good at them, practice really does matter.

      Thank you for sharing, Andrea.

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  1. Great question! I am a visual learner. I taught myself to knit by reading a book. I learned various stitches by taking a class and watching someone do the stitches on YouTube. My grandmother taught me to crochet, however.

    I also prefer to read physical books, because I retain what I read more than I do when I hear a story read.

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    1. I tend to lose interest when learning from books, depending on what it is.

      Interesting to learn your learning methods, L. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Lori, I have two ways to learn, depending on the subject. For revision I would take my notes and walk around the garden/house/beach reading, reciting points, quotations etc. The notes were the first stage of learning, writing things down is key for me! Now,when it came to physics I just cried!😀😀

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  3. I’m a visual learner who needs to do it. If someone drones on, I take a mental vacation and miss most of the info! I hate directions too. Most of the time there are too many “cover your ass” warnings you have to go through first.

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  4. We all have different ways of learning and it’s so rewarding when we figure out what works for us. BTW, make sure you know where those bullets are going if you should miss the target (way back behind the boards) not that you’ll miss, right?

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    1. Hi Anneli. My dad lives on a nonworking farm in Wisconsin. His house is about 100 yards behind us, and farmland is beyond the target. There are lots of deer there, and in fact, a huge buck came into his front yard while we were practicing. Even the buck knew he was far enough behind us to where he didn’t scurry off for some time.

      I didn’t do too bad for someone who was afraid of guns.

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      1. I think it’s great that you took this on. I feel very comfortable around guns, as long as they are being handled by someone responsible and capable. The farm situation where you practiced sounds perfect for it! Good for you!

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        1. I know the captain is a hunter, so I figured you’d know more about this than me. I was raised with them, but I haven’t handled one since I was a kid (40 years ago? Yikes). I’d completely forgotten what it was like.

          Dad’s place is 80 miles from where I live, so now that I’ve had a few lessons, I’m going to have to practice at an indoor range close to home.

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          1. That’ll be fun. As long as guns are handled safely and responsibly they’re not a danger to anyone. I like target shooting. Way back in another century, my parents used to take the .22 and a deck of cards and drive out into “the bush” and take turns shooting at the cards pinned to a tree. Cheap thrills. And once in a while they let me have a go at it.

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  5. I’m a little bit scattered on this. A lot of what I’ve learned professionally has been book/classroom/hands on practise. I have to break things into chunks so that I understand the underpinnings/roots/theory and also so that it makes sense to me. I will use books, visuals, hands on. I think it depends on what it is I want to learn; the subject matter determines how I’m going to go about it. I’ve never felt that I have a particular learning style.
    Good post. 🙂

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