Studying and Learning should be like watering of plantsStudy and learning is a part of human life and it starts right from beginning of school to the time when we retire from our professional life. It is essential for our success in life and it is an ongoing process which never stops. From a student to a professional amount of information which needs to be studied and remembered is enormous and it is a challenging and a difficult task. We sometimes often hear people saying how can such a small mind remember so many things. What is more challenging is forgetting after learning, again learning, again forgetting.
A student who appears for final exams may have studied before but he finds that two days before exams he is not able to retain much. Same thing may happen to a professional who is trying to update his skills to face a job interview. Moreover, sometimes people try to learn everything just before the event like exams or interview and try to vomit it out, but it is seen that this does not work out. They are not able to handle exam or interview in this way as they have overloaded their mind in last two days or so with so many things that when they really need to answer them, they turn blank and confused.
Studying and learning topics should be a gradual and continuous process rather than occasional and sudden one. Its natural that human mind is not computer and it will not remember each and every information by studying first time itself, but it needs continuous revision of the things to finally able to grasp it permanently. Hence sometimes studying the subject for the first-time during exams looks difficult but if it has been studied before less effort is required to remember it. It is seen that when we read the same thing part by part frequently at regular intervals as per our mind's capacity, we slowly start remembering it by ourselves and we do not tend to forget it. This is because by studying this way things slowly start percolating deeper into our mind and memory and it stays there. On the other hand, if we try to read and remember everything together by studying just once or twice then we tend to forget it fast. This is because by studying this way things stay in our superficial mind and memory and it gets lost soon.
Hence it is obvious that studying and learning things should be like process of watering the plants. If we flood the plant with too much water suddenly at one time most of the water will drain out of the soil and very less will be retained by the plant. On the contrary if we gradually water the plant with required water as per its capacity regularly the water percolates deep into the roots of the plant without much draining out resulting in its better growth of the plant. Similarly, just learning everything for the first time just before the event like exam or interview will be like taking it in and vomiting out during the event and it would be temporary and will not increase the knowledge. But repeated and gradual learning over the long period of time will not be just for the purpose of exam or interview, in fact it will be permanent and will increase the knowledge.