Rich Dad Education: Ask Questions
Introductory courses in college are often filled with wide-eyed freshmen that bring with them various levels of knowledge regarding the subject matter. For example, in an Intro to Philosophy course, you might have students who read the classics in a high school honors course. On the other hand, other students might have little to no background studying similar material. Professors who teach these introductory courses are tasked with imparting their knowledge and expertise to this wide array of students. If the professor succeeds, then the students who choose to do so can build on the knowledge they acquired in the introductory class in subsequent courses. Students who are only begrudgingly taking the course to fill a general requirement can still leave with a basic understanding of the subject matter.
To help increase the chances of success, a professor needs to gauge whether or not students truly understand the material that is being taught. While tests and essays can be a measure to help identify those that comprehend the material, good professors often use their lectures as a tool to not only impart knowledge, but also to gauge comprehension. During lectures, professors routinely pause and ask their students if they have any questions. It does little good to lecture for 15, 20, or 30 minutes if the students do not understand what is being taught. When the professor asks intro students if there are any questions, the response is usually the same. The class becomes silent.
While there is an occasional inquisitive or passionate student who can’t wait to engage in class, the remaining students will start to fidget in their seats. In an effort to avoid eye contact, students will start to look at their textbook, turning pages in an effort to appear to be busy. A few will look at the clock. Others will quickly put their cell phones away or start browsing on their laptop. The evasive actions will be varied and plentiful, all with the collective goal of escaping this moment of silence unscathed.
Students often fail to take advantage of a professor’s offer to answer questions for many reasons. Rarely is it because the student has a perfect understanding of the course material. Sometimes the student simply doesn’t know what questions to ask. Oftentimes it is because, despite being confused on a particular point, the student is afraid or hesitant to ask the question. Some may be shy, others might lack confidence, while many simply don’t want to look dumb in front of their peers. Ironically, many of their peers may have the exact same question, or need clarification on a similar point. Regardless, the professor is met with silence far too often in these situations, despite constantly uttering the phrase, “There are no dumb questions.”
Are adults learning new material differently from college freshmen?
Rich Dad Education offers online and live trainings in which adults can greatly expand their investing skill set in a wide range of specialized investing fields. In addition, Rich Dad Education offers mentoring services, a tremendous customer support system, and hotlines to assist students maximize their educational experience. In these various educational settings, students can acquire the knowledge necessary to transform their lives, escape the Rat Race, and fulfill their potential. A student simply needs to acquire and apply the knowledge, and then success ensues. The first step in this process is the acquisition of the proper education in the chosen investing field. The first pitfall in the acquisition of this knowledge is one shared with college freshmen: the refusal or hesitancy to ask questions.
Adults entering a learning environment have several advantages compared to college freshmen. They bring wisdom and real-life experience with them. Shyness is often a thing of the past as life has bred confidence in their own ability. Rich Dad students are often very accomplished in their work and this previous success can instill confidence to accomplish their new goals and objectives. Adults have honed their interpersonal skills over the years so they can communicate in a much deeper and meaningful level in a learning environment.
Adults entering a new learning environment also have several disadvantages compared to college freshmen. Most college freshmen have been in school consecutively for the majority of their lives. Many adults who take Rich Dad Education trainings have not been in an educational environment for years, if not decades. Successful adults also tend to be a tad more prideful than the average college freshman. Instead of asking a question when they are confused, they simply tell themselves that they will figure it out by themselves later.
When adults are asked by their mentor or instructor if they understand a point, they may simply nod their head in agreement, whether or not they actually do. Out of courtesy, adults may simply not want to slow down the pace of learning. Perhaps they still don’t want to look dumb in front of their peers. They don’t maximize their educational opportunity to the fullest by simply saying, “No, I don’t quite get that point. Can you explain it again?”
Questions are Critical
It is truly important to believe that there aren’t dumb questions. As you begin to expand your investing skill set, you will be exposed to information and knowledge that you may not have known existed. The fact that you have questions while you learn this material is nothing to be embarrassed about, it is just a natural part of the process. The quickest way to accelerate the learning process is to ask questions when you have them.
Rich Dad Education has brought together elite trainers and mentors and combined them with a world-class customer service and educational support system for one purpose: to increase the financial literacy of humanity. Through Rich Dad Education’s educational offerings you can put yourself in a position to change your life. Never let the hesitancy to ask a question slow down this process as you owe it to yourself to maximize all of the resources that Rich Dad Education has available for you.