Learning by Teaching

I blog to teach about characters and animation and help people teach themselves.  What may not be apparent is that I also learn by teaching.

When I choose to write an article about something, I have to build examples and/or research the topic more to ensure I’m not in error after all or that somebody else hasn’t already said the exact same thing.  Of course nothing can be confirmed to 100% certainty, but I do my best.  Doing these checkups and examples I learn more about the topic.  It all takes a good amount of time, especially with the more ‘researchy’-pieces.

I also learn while explaining.  I don’t usually plan ahead with something like modeling – I just do it and make decisions while working.  Having to come up with logical steps, something explainable, forces me to examine what I do.  Then writing it down helps me organise my thoughts better.  Writing things down helps me learn them  ‘on another level’, as silly as it may sound.

Finally doing a tutorial on the subject, like modeling or lighting, forces me to apply the logic and try look for the shortest and simples steps to get it done.

I believe the more you teach the more you learn.  Explaining something well to others you have to first master it – just being able to do it on your own isn’t enough.  What do you think?  What type of learning works best for you?

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