A thought about learning

During the GELN conference this last week, the lady from Danone said something that I felt a student overwhelmed by work might take heart from.

Certainly I would have been reassured by this idea, if someone had said this to me back when I used to be a student who often did not cope very well.

She was talking about how learning can sometimes be difficult because it places us in an environment where there is so much that is new and unknown and that this can be frightening for some. She then told us that there is a saying in Russian – that if it is not painful, it is not learning.

That is an idea that will stay with me.

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