Instructors and teachers often struggle to get learners to sit still long enough to get through a complete lesson. Thankfully, more and more learning tools are being designed with tomorrow’s learners in mind. They deliver bite-sized content to students, which holds their attention better and increases learning overall.
I like to learn big things in small pieces. For example, I’m reading War and Peace. I’ve been reading it for about three years. I’m less than halfway through. Every few days a read a few pages. I’ve missed out on just about every hot new book for a few years now. I don’t really stress about it. When I talk to a particularly strong reader, replying with “I’m reading War and Peace” either nets me an 1)eye-roll or 2) a contorted ‘ugh, why’ face. My reply is the epitome of Salvadoran queso duro. Smells brutal (tastes amazing).
Why not just give up? Because it’s just how I roll. I’m not reading it for school. Such a gargantuan undertaking takes a long time. I am not the Usain Bolt of reading. I’m OK with that.
In fact, I learn a lot of things slowly. Last year, I spent about eight months learning French. Every day. Some days were just a few minutes. Other days, I would learn for about an hour. I started to read newspapers and magazines. I could hold a basic conversation. Poorly. But enough to be understood! I’ve been learning French for about 15 years.