You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
It is said that learning from experience is better than learning from books. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Write at least 250 words.
There is a common belief that experience teaches a person better than books. I think, this is true in certain situations, and the ensuing paragraphs explain the reasons behind my view.
The first reason behind my view is that experience is usually learned passively, and passive learning is thought to be more effective than active learning. To be precise, since a child’s birth, he observes many things around him and often becomes curious on those. For example, he might see fire and may try to touch it. Immediately he learns the consequences, if he does so, and this would remain in his memory for a longer span of time. In a similar way, he perceives many things around him, and learns physically, emotionally and intellectually. It should be seen that there are ample opportunities for a man to remain as a keen learner throughout his life.
However, I do not personally feel that not all things can be learnt from experience. Here comes the importance of theoretical knowledge. For example, a person might face problems in learning when it comes to aspects such as nuclear fission or fusion. In this case, experiences are limited, and if someone heads to learn those by experiencing, the results will be catastrophic. In a similar way, many prefer to learn from books, as it offers the advantage of quick learning, and these books provide valuable experiences of many eminent researchers, who lived in different time periods.
In conclusion, though learning from experience is more effective, the process needs much time, and is not always possible in the current situation. Therefore, I rely on authentic books for learning, which is backed up by practical experiences, if any.