Strategy

How Do You Learn in the Real World?

Brad Smith
August 16, 2011

Let’s face it, you’re busy.

You have a long to-do list. And less time.

So our goal is to give you just enough information about a topic to give you the background, and then put that information into practice.

Active learning or “Learning by doing” is the most effective way to learn. Period.

You’ll learn much faster and see results sooner.

It’s not hard, but it’s not easy. You don’t always know what to do, or how to do it.


Scientific method in six steps
Image courtesy of Derek K. Miller

Remember the scientific method?

1. Ask a question or have a “hunch”
2. Do quick background research
3. Develop a hypothesis or theory
4. Test your hypothesis through experimenting
5. Analyze results and draw conclusions
6. Test again

Internet marketing is exactly like this. Business and life are just like this.

You’re always operating under incomplete assumptions. So you have to come up with theories, test, and determine what worked or what didn’t.

There’s no one solution for every person. You’ll need to come up with your own path. We can help.

Active learning in the real world

Active learning is the way people learn in the real world. They just don’t always realize it.

Think about how you tackle something new.

You may read an industry magazine or book. You come up ideas of how or where to take your business. You collaborate with others and see what works for or against them. You may receive feedback from a colleague, boss or mentor. Then you refine, or change course.

Notice what was missing.

No tests. No lectures. No wasting time.

This is how we learn in the real world.

This is how FixCourse works

Watch one or two very short videos. These give you exactly what you need to know, and nothing else.

Then follow the assignments, coming up with solutions yourself. (This is the “active” part.)

We’ll provide feedback on your work and further direction.

Collaborate with others and see what worked or didn’t for them.

Rinse and repeat.

That’s active learning.

That gets results.