How do you know if you have understood something?

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How do you know if you have understood something?


One of the most important factors of learning is understanding what you have learnt. It forms the core of learning. If one hasn't understood things, it could as well mean, one hasn't learnt anything. Hence, understanding is a vital task. There are different levels of understanding that varies on the scale between slight level of understanding to thorough understanding.

Since, it is of importance, how do you know if you have understood something?

Here is how we go about it...

* Define: If you are able to define completely or even partly about something, then you have understood it either fully or in parts.

* Argue: Argue as to why your understanding is logical compared to someone else's.

* Identify: Identify the various types of understanding amongst your peers. Check how different or relevant your take on the topic is in comparison with the others.

* Show: Show your friends what you have understood, ask them to do the same with what they have got out of a topic. This way you will know if you have understood it in the right manner or not.

* Explore: Find out different ways to come to a conclusion. Find out different sources that can give you an insight of the topic you have already understood. Compare them, check how similar or how different the data you accumulated were.

* Do the survey: Find out all that you can about the topic or the subject you intend to learn. Make a note of the same. Check how accurate was your understanding with the different data sources acquired.

* Share and exchange: Share and exchange the knowledge you have gained, it is a faster and easier way of learning and understanding things. Doing this, you can identify how firm is your hold on the subject.

* Try new ways: You may have thought you have understood something, but, you may have not been able to put across what you have understood. When this happens, find other ways in which you can explain what you know.

* Report: Make a report of what you have learnt. Submit it to your teacher or present it to the class. If you are able to do this effortlessly, then you certainly have understood.

* Test yourself: You must critique your learning. Conduct experiments if needed, test yourself, know how much you actually know and learn what you don't know.

* Justify your understanding: Give examples to support what you have understood, it is a sure way to know if you are in the right track.

When you begin to know things, you will become a learnt person. And learning is a never ending process. Hence, if you are ever stopped by a doubt at any point in time, it means your understanding about the same is limited. Clear the doubts as and when they occur, as it is a major obstacle in learning. This is what we had to say. What is your take on the subject? Please share your views here:

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