It seems like basic logic. If you take the time to help someone else learn a topic, you will also become more proficient in it. In fact, it even has a name, the Protégé Effect, and has been proven. A study in 2007 showed that first-born children may be smarter than their siblings as a result of the first-born child teaching their younger brother or sister how to do things.
This same logic applies to teachers and tutors. For example, a student who is doing well in a class and tutors other students will continue to learn the topic in more detail as they explain it, answer questions, and work through problems with their pupil. Every student in every school could use this method to improve learning, but it is rare that you see people working in this way, especially in an online university. However, the limits aren’t as big as you think. Here are some tips to use the Protégé Effect for your own education:
The Protégé Effect isn’t a new idea, but it’s often underused. Take the time to find a student you can teach and you may be on a great path. And, if worse comes to worst, there is even a virtual model to help. It’s not fully developed yet, but maybe that’s a good thing.
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