Learning to Learn

We often look at the end of our school years as the ‘finish line’ of learning. Little do we know at the time it’s really just the start. But hopefully, just maybe, we manage to come out of school with what I think is one of the most important life skills we can possess.

The ability to learn.

It wasn’t written in black and white in my curriculum. There were no units of competency I had to achieve, nor assessments that I had to pass to determine my ability. Yet in my opinion, it is one of the most important skills I started to develop whilst at school; the ability to learn.

The ability to seek out, make sense of, and form an opinion on new information has helped my career immensely. It’s a skill I’m constantly developing and hope to never stop, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago I really even thought of it as a skill.

When I was studying to become a trainer, it was presented to be in black and white in the Australian Core Skills Framework which identifies Learning as a core skill, essential to function in everyday life. At this point I realized it was something that I had until then taken for granted.

Develop and acknowledge your ability to learn.

I encourage everyone to challenge the world, seek out new lessons constantly and look to grow yourself. We have all of the information in the world at our fingertips with Google, our only challenge is to apply ourselves and to find reliable sources.

Happy learning! – Jo

Jo Mickleson
Learning & Development Coordinator
MAS National