Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #21

Theme: Empathy– Teaching Someone Else 

Twitter Quote: Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams 

eLearn Module:  Empathy 

Teaching someone else a concept that you have learned is one of the best ways to remember and understand any new topics that you learn in your classes. I am sure you have had times in your life that you needed to explain something to someone else, and first, you needed to think about how you would start explaining it. It is the thinking about how you will explain it that starts this wonderful process of synthesizing the information in your own mind. How could you possibly explain anything to anyone unless you have a mental “roadmap”?  Developing this teaching roadmap is even easier if you spend a little time thinking about how to best explain it specifically to that person. How do they best learn and understand? What is the best approach for them? Drawing a picture, explaining it as a story or getting them to try it out? 

Think about it. When you were little, if you were anything like me, you learned to ask your parents, or significant people in your life, in different ways depending on what answer you wanted. You knew how to approach people to increase the chances of hearing “yes”!! Don’t lie, I know you know what I am talking about! Use those same “reading people” skills to teach others, and in the process, you learn the information yourself. Pretty good deal!


Today… The ripple in your act of kindness is enhancement of your own learning! Start teaching others and the benefits are endless.


Take a moment today, and every day, to remember the war veterans who have sacrificed so much just so that you have the privilege of being in school and developing your life with freedom.



Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Empathy. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of you” journey!


Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

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