Learning by Teaching

Students who teach others learn best The Protégé Effect

For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else. “While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. Now scientists are bringing this ancient wisdom up to date, documenting exactly why teaching is such a fruitful way to learn — and designing innovative ways for young people to engage in instruction.

Students enlisted to tutor others, these researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively. In what scientists have dubbed “the protégé effect,” student teachers score higher on tests than pupils who are learning only for their own sake. But how can children, still learning themselves, teach others? One answer: They can tutor younger kids.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2011/11/30/the-protege-effect/#ixzz1fNIZygUp

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    Almost all of the significant things on the planet are actually accomplished by people who have continued trying when there have also been no hope at all.

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