The four phases of learning

The four phases of learning

There are four distinct phases of learning, related to consciousness and competence.

UNCONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE
In this phase you do not know that you do not know something! Somebody or something else makes you realise. This phase may happen for a long period of time. This is a process of discovery.

CONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE
In this phase you become aware that you do not know. You admit you do not know and prepare to find the knowledge. This realisation may happen very quickly.  In this phase you learn.

CONSCIOUS COMPETENCE
In this phase you are learning with the awareness that you are learning something. This phase may take a long time, as it is purely practise.

UNCONSCIOUS COMPETENCE
In this phase, your learning has become embedded. You can now perform that activity unconsciously. Your learning has gone very deep into your body and memory. This is the phase of experience.

What are you learning now? Can you remember a moment of realisation, when you suddenly became aware of something you did not know?

What has become part of your unconscious competence?

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