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Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

Peter Drucker

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

Peter Drucker

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Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

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Benefits of teaching what you learn

  • When you learn with the intention to teach, you learn more deeply.
  • While you teach, you will realize where you have gaps in your knowledge.
  • Teaching will give you valuable feedback.
  • You will have to apply what you learn.
  • You will help others succeed.
  • You will build deeper relationships with others.
  • You will build a reputation as a giver.
  • The more you teach, the better you become.
  • You can get paid as a teacher, coach, consultant, or writer.

The Explanation Effect

Learning is not passive: you can't learn just by taking in information. Without some form of active processing, like teaching, almost everything we read is lost in a short time.

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

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