Foundational Learning – Part One
What is Foundational Learning?
If you don’t create a strong foundation during your learning, you will never reach your potential.
Think about a toddler, or maybe your younger self. It turns out that this is our most effective time to learn, and what do we end up learning? Our ABCs.
When our brain is at its learning prime, we’re struggling to follow along with Sesame Street. Why is this the case, and we aren’t instead in front of a chalkboard discussing calculus?
Because – as a baby – our foundation is small.
You can have all the brainpower in the world, but it’s useless if you don’t have a foundation to work with. It’s your foundation of knowledge that makes it possible to keep learning more challenging content. Without a foundation, we’d all still be learning our ABCs.
So what’s foundation learning?
It is taking the time to learn the content well before moving on. Each time you learn something new, it requires a prior foundation of knowledge to make sense of it. Just like a multi-story building, each floor can only be built once the previous floor is completed. By taking the time to establish a strong foundation in all learning, not even a good shake from the most difficult concepts will be able to collapse it.