Which one is the best method for people, learning by reading about things, learning by listening to people’s talk about things or learning by doing things? I believe that learning by doing things is better than by reading and by listening to people’s talk. But I won’t deny that I also need reading first to know things or listening attentively to people’s talk before doing things. I prefer learning by doing because based on my personal experiences that I still can’t make it, if I only learn from reading or listening to people’s talk.
According to my opinion, learning by doing as a part of a training or orientation process and is closely associated with the practical experience, so learning by doing is an experiential learning. Sometimes, I need someone who helps me to correct my mistakes because it often happens under supervision. I think, there are, at least, three reasons why learning by doing things is the best method for me, i.e. it can make me remember the lesson easily, it can boost my self-confidence, and it can help me to get success in learning.
Firstly, as I said that learning by doing or experiential learning is learning from experience. When I get an information from books or listen to people’s talk about things attentively, I must practice regularly so that I can remember it. For example, when I read a book about “How to Speak English Fluently” , I must speak and practice every word I have read or heard right away to know how much the words or the sentences I remember. I won’t know the progress of my English skill unless I keep practicing my lesson in written and orally. Sometimes, I record my voice on a tape, then I reply it again to reminds me. I must be willing to be actively involved in the experience and be able to reflecton experience. Without reflecting upon this experience, it may quickly be forgotten or its learning potential lost. If I have someone who corrects my mistakes, she/he can help me to improve my English skill. Another example is when I read about “How to Bake Cakes or Cookies” from magazine and literature or when I watch television about cooking program or when I hear people’s talk about some recipes I can’t remember the lesson I have got if I don’t practice it so I learn by practicing and repeating the movements.
Secondly, learning by doing or experiential learning requires qualities, such as self-initiative and self-evaluation. It actually isn’t enough just to do and neither it is enough just to think, but it involve links between the doing and the thinking. When I have ability to do things, I feel more confident than before. For example, I can communicate English well, not only with my friends and relatives, but also with foreigners. I can have new friends from different countries by e-mail. I encourage myself to communicate with them because I believe that I have a skill and knowledge. When the communication is going smoothly, it boost my self-confidence. Another example is when I learn about making cakes and cookies, I must practice my lesson right away to know how about baking cakes or cookies of what I have read or what I have listened. I can’t prove to myself that I am able to make cakes or cookies without act. Being active in learning and focus on my own ability. If the result is not satisfying, I continually do it again and again until I get what I want. When I make it, I feel confident that I have ability to make cakes and cookies. According to David A. Kolb, an American educational theorist, that “ knowledge is continuously gained through with personal and environmental experiences”
Thirdly, learning by doing or experiential learning to be truly effective, it should employ the whole learning wheel from goal setting to experimenting, so that it can help me to get success. For example, when I can prove that I am able to communicate English well, I have ambition to be an English teacher, then I can earn money from my ability of English skill. On the other hand, I have side job with selling cakes and cookies, especially in Ramadhan. I often get orders cakes and cookies in various kinds and flavors from my friends and relatives so I think, I get an achievement. More than that, if I can share my knowledge and ability to other people, I feel grateful with my achievement. It certainly makes me to get success because of my learning.
In my conclusion, learning by doing is a highly effective educational method for me. It is the process of to make meaning from direct experience so I learn from my experiences. I learn the best by do things because it can remember the lesson easily, it can boost my self-confidence, and it can help me to get success in learning. I have proven it! That is why I prefer learning by doing is the best method for me. If you are confused how to get success in learning, why don’t you try my method? You can do as much as I do.