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By definition, learning something new means that we: don’t understand, haven’t been exposed to, are not familiar with, or have no prior knowledge with which to make a connection between the familiar and unfamiliar (i.e. to build on previous knowledge).

Many of us were expected to have straight “A’s” from school in order to prove our knowledge and mastery. However, as adults, we do not need “A’s” in order to gain the practical knowledge which will allows us to function better in our jobs and in our lives.

When adults state that, “It’s too late for me to learn that.”, or, “I can’t learn that.”, what they don’t realize is that they may have more desire to learn a subject than their younger self. Additionally, what they have not tried yet is the equivalent of the 6, 8, or 12 hours a day that young students have to spend in the classroom, on homework, or the after-hours practicing, training, and memorizing (while in high school, undergraduate, or graduate school).

For instance, in college, 1 credit hour means 1 hour of classroom (or lab, or studio) time per week plus an expectation of anywhere from 2 to 3 additional hours per week for homework, projects, etc. So, a typical 15 credit hour per semester course load for a full-time student, translates to 15 hours of classroom time per week plus an additional 30 to 45 hours of out of class study time per week.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

March 6, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

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