One Of The Most Effective Study Tips: Learn One, Do One, Teach One.

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We spend a countless amount of hours allowing our brains to permeate  important information. However, once the exam comes, we suddenly forget the information that we studied. Question is,  how do we retain these important information? My professors have always emphasized the phrase “Learn one, do one, teach one.”  I did not acknowledge the importance of this phrase until last year, which was my junior year of undergraduate. So what does this phrase mean?

1.) Learn One-

First thing’s first, learn the topic. Finding a method of learning  may vary due to the type of learner you are. With that in mind, are you a visual learner, an auditory learner, or a tactile learner? 

  • Visual learner They usually learn best by through pictorial/diagrams
  • Auditory learner They usually learn best by listening or repeating key phrases/terms
  • Tactile/ Kinesthetic learner They usually need to use their hands

** What I found most effective is to combine different learning styles. Therefore, I am a visual learner, but I also found it best when I used diagrams/writing things down (tactile method.)

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2.) Do One

The second portion to this phrase is basically application. How do you execute the information that you learned below? Whether it being through basic research or shadowing, always remember to apply what you have learned.

3.) Teach One-

After completing the first two portion of the phrase, share the information that you have learned with friends or family. One way that I have done so was through group studying. Having different input on learning a topic is so beneficial because some information that your peers may have gathered may be different from what you have gathered. Nonetheless, having two heads is better than one.


Happy Studying!