Study Technology

What Is Study Technology?

A Breakthrough in Learning

Study Technology is the breakthrough that undercuts the reasons people are illiterate. It is not just another system. Study Technology is a workable methodology that makes it possible for a person to recognize and handle the barriers to successful study.

There had never before existed a true technology of study. There had been a technology of schooling, as L. Ron Hubbard—the developer of Study Technology—put it, including the shaping of curriculum and planning of lessons. There had also been much on the theory of teaching. Yet study as the route to grasping ideas and mastering abilities had been neglected. Study Technology has filled this void.

Study Technology centers on the understanding of three main principles, known as the Barriers to Study. Knowledge of these three barriers can make it possible for anyone to recognize when they encounter one or more of these barriers and then proceed to overcome them.

1st Barrier Of Study

First Barrier: Absence of Mass

Lack of Mass (Physical Object) of What is Being Studied

If one is attempting to understand the function and operation of a car or a computer or a solar system, the printed page and spoken word are no substitute for the object itself.

It would be difficult to understand how to use a computer for the first time if you did not have the computer there in front of you. In fact, lacking the object associated with a word can inhibit all understanding.

If the mass of a subject is absent, you can actually feel squashed. It can make you feel bent, sort of spinny, sort of dead, or bored.

A person studying a subject without the objects related to that subject will experience these and several other specific reactions.

Knowing how to identify and handle these reactions is vital to a student’s ability to grasp and use a subject—and more than vital to a teacher’s ability to get a student to learn the subject.

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2nd Barrier Of Study

Second Barrier: Skipped Gradient

Too Steep a Study Gradient

A gradient is a way of learning or doing something step by step. A gradient can be easy where each step can be done easily, or it can be hard where each step is difficult to do.

Too steep a gradient consists of not having mastered prior skills before going on to more complicated or detailed steps.

A student who has skipped a gradient may feel a sort of confusion or a feeling of reeling (i.e., moving or swaying like you might fall).

These are two reactions a person will have when they have missed a step or hit too steep a gradient in the subject they’re studying.

This is often referred to as “missed basic skills” or “insufficient basic skills.”

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3rd Barrier Of Study

Third Barrier: Misunderstood Word

A Word Not Understood or Wrongly Understood

The third and most important barrier is the misunderstood word.

“Mis” means not or wrongly. “Misunderstood” means not understood or wrongly understood. A misunderstood word is a word that is not understood or a word that is wrongly understood.

Have you ever been reading a book or a report, gotten to the end of the page and couldn’t remember what you read?

Therein lies the phenomena of the misunderstood word—all becomes distinctly blank beyond a word not understood or wrongly understood.

It can make you feel blank or washed out. It can make you feel “not there” and a sort of  nervous upset feeling can follow after that.

The matter is far more critical than one might surmise and of the three barriers it is the misunderstood that bears most upon human relations, the mind and understanding.

It is the misunderstood word that establishes aptitude—or lack of it.

It produces a vast panorama of reactions and is the prime factor involved with stupidity. It also determines whether or not one can actually perform a learned skill, and to what degree of proficiency.

All of these are the result of one or more words or symbols not understood or wrongly understood.

The misunderstood word can stop a student in his tracks completely. Knowing how to determine when there is a misunderstood word or symbol, how to find it and how to handle it are critical to the success of any student.

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Overfilled classrooms, underachieving students and “learning disorders” are today all too common. Teachers struggle with classroom management problems while school principals ponder the correct levels of discipline to control unruly students.

At the same time, adults worry about holding their jobs as technology outpaces the skills they worked so hard to learn.

Such problems have generated libraries full of educational theories. But the problems persist.

Fundamental to all of this are three primary barriers that keep people from successfully learning a subject. Despite all that has been written on the subject of education, these barriers have only recently come to be broadly recognized as critically important in effective education.

The basic fact is that students fail to learn because no one ever taught them how to learn…

The basic fact is that students fail to learn because no one ever taught them how to learn—that is, how to identify the barriers to learning and how to overcome those barriers.

What are these barriers to learning? The answer is found in Study Technology.

Developed by American author and educator L. Ron Hubbard, Study Technology, or Study Tech, is not just another method of study. It allows a person to learn any subject successfully, empowering them to achieve the goals they have set in life for what they want to be and what they want to do.

Study Technology consists of tools and techniques teachers can use to improve the learning rates of students. These same tools and techniques can be used by students themselves to improve their ability to understand and to use the materials they read and study. And it remains vital for continued learning as one leaves school and faces the challenges of life.

At Applied Scholastics, we define successful learning the same way we define proficiency. Someone who learns a subject successfully should be able to use that subject to accomplish something. They should be able to accomplish it quickly, without error and with good judgment. These are the ingredients for success in life—in any field of endeavor.

With Study Technology, a student’s learning issues and scholastic problems can be a thing of the past. If a student is already doing well, he or she can do even better.

For educators, Study Tech offers proven teaching strategies and resources that can help resolve classroom issues and improve student achievement.

And for any educator to rapidly comprehend and implement new tools and challenges, a knowledge of Study Technology is essential.

Study Technology opens the door to learning and successful application for students of any age.