How I plan to become a better learner

To become a better learner, you have to overcome the challenges that confront you in that journey.

Lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.

Learning doesn’t end with the courses, it continues throughout your life.

Key for an effective Life

One of them is frequently encountered, procrastination. I am an engineering student. As a student, I have to work, have to plan things accordingly.

A famous Learning expert, Barbara Oakley gives a brief demonstration of a focused and diffused thinking modes and the ways to improve it.

Comparison of Focused and Diffused mindsets by Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley says:

Metaphor and analogy are helpful if you are trying to learn something new.

This analogy can be compared in any forms in your life. Making an analogy first of all makes it easy to understand something and it also makes it easy to remember.

Video lecture: Making Analogies

The other lesson in the video which inspired me, was the analogy of the procrastination monster with the zombie.

Barbara Oakley gives a comparison of the work burden with the means of refreshments, which deviates us from the cause, the work, we are meant to do, in the following picture.

Procrastination and ‘Getting Rid Of’ techniques

Barbara Oakley gives two ways to combat that procrastination monster:

1- Pomodoro

2- To-Do Lists

Barbara compares Pomodoro and Procrastination


The teachings of the Learning author, Barbara is helpful when we apply these techniques in our life.

If we delay our work, we can get a good chance to have some entertainment but that will eventually result in the depression, stress and many other problems.

Planning your life, your work can make your life smooth. It doesn’t matter whether you have a little task to do or to make some huge tasks, always plan well.

Even though, we will face the zombies of the procrastinations in our work, but planning things and making arrangements, planning it well will eventually result better.

And the secret behind the applicability of the teaching of Barbara is the first principle of learning and Amal Academy,


Albert Einstein says:

Once you stop learning, you start dying

Islam promotes learning. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says:

Learning of a person goes on from the lap of mother (cradle) to grave.

He (PBUH) also said:

Learn, even if you have to travel China (Several Miles)

Concluding, I would say that very fact which our ancestors emphasised on: ‘You are a student till your death”.

Be a good learner, Be an explorer!






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