Zombie Learnership: Recommended Learning Method For Doctors And All Skilled Workers

Zombie Learnership: Recommended Learning Method For Doctors And All Skilled Workers



Image: Apprenticeship; source: shrm.org
Education, they have successfully classified into the three of formal, informal and semi-formal.
Formal education, as you may have known already, involves a well-established institution called a school where lessons and instructions are given in the form of subjects or courses for the purpose of training and retraining students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Worldwide, educational systems revolve around the formal setting, with the informal and semi-formal grossly left in the hands of a class of people distinctly separated from the formal setting. Examinations and tests are devices employed to spur students to develop to the next stage of their learning and knowledge acquisition.

Let's take a look at what I termed "skilled workers". These are professionals who rely on some sets of skills, other than just the theoretical knowledge of what they do. This definition helps delineate formal and informal education into two parallel lines; one emphasizing "theoretical understanding" for the formal educational system and the other emphasizing "hands-on, apprenticeship way" of learning for the informal setting.
But with advancing systems of education and ever-increasing demands for better hands at the job, the non-convergent pathways of the informal and formal education system begin to get more inter-dependent at which phase, the formal system begin to share some attributes with the informal system and vice-versa. More like semi-formal. Don't you think so?


I stated too categorically that it is "Zombie Learnership". But I derived this concept from the fact that the basic nature of skilled professions involves a learning system where students learn skills by looking, focusing and submissively carrying out instructions from their masters.
Zombies are characteristically depicted as never retracting in the movies, and that I will explain that they have become too submissive to a command that they have no power to resist. I guess you know what drives Zombies if you watch such movies already, but what I won't stop to mention is that they are focus and submissive. The learning method that involves submission and patience while skills are acquired is what I would call "Zombie Learnership".

Just recently, I was interacting with one of my little girls (not my daughter anyway), and she mentioned a phrase I have also heard of in the medical training centres. When she told me that her boss at a fashion training school would always want everyone "to be seen doing something", I was stunned for over a minute.
It seemed to me that she had been to the medical training school where I once heard of that phrase. But that succeeded in reassuring me of the undebatable importance of learning by apprenticeship, a learning method I would otherwise term "look and learn".


In professional units where skills are ultimately more appreciated than sheer knowledge, learning by apprenticeship is commensurately favoured over learning by correspondence as you would term it. But at this point, a new big question arises, which professions do not require skills?

In the world today, we now respect skills more than head knowledge. Head knowledge found use only when they are being taught to others but the actual product of knowledge is the physical impact it makes in the world around us. Skills are what they are called because they involve what you can do with your hands.
The list will be too concise if I actually begin to list certain skill groups that emphasize apprenticeship as one of their best forms of learning but medical doctors are one professional group that would be on the list.
Too concise, in the sense that, almost every profession in the world require 'apprenticeship' to some degrees. By standing, looking and asking, you learn more than the books will ever teach.

Apprenticeship creates not just a learning platform but also an avenue to copy some lifestyle lessons, principles, and methods from the master or mistress as the case may be. Let's now look at what the components of good apprenticeship are?


How To Become A Good Apprentice

Being a good apprenticeship has been established as one major way to learn better and develop skills to the maximum extent. By apprenticeship, you can actually know what your master has in mind even before he alters a word.
Having known almost all he knows, you sure can be able to surpass them in knowledge and skills if you so desire. But the daunting exercise is on how to become a good apprentice. Here are a few outlines;

1. Be Present

Being present entails being physically and mentally present when you are at your learning place. If you are not present, you would not learn as much, but that may get complicated when your teacher develops the impression that you are not a serious, teachable student just because you are hardly ever-present.

2. Be Submissive

Submission is the act of dropping your high esteems to become ready to learn. The direct consequence of not being submissive, amongst others, is the unwillingness of the teacher to impact you with their best knowledge because they think you are not worth teaching the best of things.


3. Be Respectful

Submission goes with respect. When you respect your tutors, irrespective of who they might be, they are more willing to teach you their best. You can get to know more than your teachers only if you allow them to trust you to reveal some of the professional mistakes they made to you. This you can earn when you respect and submit to them.

4. Ask Questions When Confused

Everyone holding important information wants to reveal it to only minds that are willing and ready to receive it. One sure way you can declare that you are interested in learning is when you showcase the attitude of inquisitiveness. By asking questions, you not only know the answers to the questions you asked but you give your teacher(s) the impression that you are willing to learn. When they see your willingness, they are more willing too, to release to you their most sacred professional secrets making you know how to avoid some of their mistakes in the future.


5. Attempt To Do Some Task When You Have Gathered Some Information

Practice makes perfect, everyone says. The implication of this is that "you have to be seen doing something". Some teachers, however, are too scared of giving you some responsibilities because they fear that you may not be ready to handle them at that time. If you then fold your hands and relax without pushing them to give you some assignments, so be it. You will keep being useless to them and to yourself. In this case, you must learn to find ways to get involved and do some things, small things first.

6. Be Obedient

This partly encroaches into respect. When your teachers give you a task, it can sometimes be too difficult to carry out, but when you do your best to be obedient to what they asked you to do, you earn a star of trust from them. And you are better able to learn the lessons that are hidden within the tasks you are assigned to do.


7. Build Confidence In Yourself And Your Teacher

Your teacher develops confident in you when you do what you are asked to do rightly. Hence, you must learn to do things right in their own prescriptions so that they can be sure that you will do it the right way when they are not around. This idea is also seen in this leadership post.

8. Volunteer To Help

Volunteer to help while you watch them do what they do. Being a good apprentice entails that you take it a step further from just standing and staring to volunteering to help in some small ways as you can.


9. Remember The Forgive After The Punishments

Punishments and strict disciplinary measures are always part of apprenticeship institutions. In the student's own perspectives, those measures are unnecessary but to the teacher, those are the only ways to teach the student some great lessons. As the student, you must learn to forgive every disciplinary measure you consider inappropriate so that you can move on to your next phase of learning.

10. Love Your Teacher

Sometimes, I like saving the first for the last. Loving your teacher should, in fact, top the list of points outlines above. You cannot learn unto someone you actually hate. So you should learn to learn your teachers.


Learning by apprenticeship is considered the recommended learning method, alongside the theoretical understanding of the concepts in various skilled professions. It has the advantage of making individuals understand more than the books, learning from the mistakes of their masters, promptly receiving corrections, they are better framed for the job and all its requirements.

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