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To become knowledgeable about or experienced in something through some activity or behavior. Learning by rote has been proven by many studies to be nearly useless in the long-term retention of information. You've got to learn by doing these things for yourself.
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learn by something

to learn [something] from some kind of actual experience. The best way to learn is to learn by doing. The best way to learn to sail is to learn by sailing.
See also: by, learn
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The lesson consisted of learning by heart several verses out of the Gospel and the repetition of the beginning of the Old Testament.
Gagne's first category of conditions of learning, which is verbal information, supports learning by presentation within an organised, meaningful context.
The concept of process learning, or learning-to-learn--as distinct from learning by the transmission of already known information--is a vital step in the right direction.
Learning by doing: Teaching research methods through student participation in a commissioned research project.
In a later paper based on this initial study Solomon (1994) further illuminated the relationship of OPAC use and learning by describing the connection between students' proficiency with the OPAC, and the kind of instruction and assignments that different groups of students received.
They proposed that PKC contributes to learning by somehow closing potassium pores, priming the neurons to react more strongly to a new stimulus.
In this study, service learning is defined as learning by engaging in activities that are with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning (Frcdericksen, 2000: 64).
Thus, pupils should understand the "how" and "why" of parallel and series wiring as they are actively involved in learning by doing.
In Study l, pleasing the teacher was positively related to pleasing the family, self-regulated learning (i.e., controlling one's own learning by regulating effort, persisting, and using strategies), deep processing, and shallow processing.
Curtis and Lawson (2001) characterize collaborative learning by making a contrast with cooperative learning.
Service Learning Service learning is "a method of teaching that enriches the process of learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities through careful integration with established curricula."[1,2] This learning methodology is often coordinated with institutions of higher education, as well as communities, as a way to apply solutions to real-world problems.
It is possible that these results were found because high quality training and support reinforce classroom learning by creating conditions for a positive service experience and/or, in the absence of meaningful reflection, provide an opportunity for students to analyze their SHINE experience as they respond to community needs and troubleshoot problems that arise.
The evaluators suggested extending learning by creating a conceptual framework to share with students at the beginning of the lesson that depicts graphically how the procedural steps fit with various telecommunications theories and the team learning.
Incidental vocabulary learning by advanced foreign language students: The influence of marginal glosses, dictionary use, and reoccurrence of unknown words.
In the Universal Program, learning by doing was emphasized.
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