Why Shortcuts Like Google Translate Hurt Your Learning

Do you ever use Google Translate to get your language homework done?

One of my clients got called out in his Spanish class — but in a really good way! I actually don’t want to give you a synopsis of why, because I really want you to hear the whole story of HOW the Spanish teacher called him out.

The punchline though? My client was proud of himself, and will certainly refrain from using google translate in the future because he really understands how it gets in the way of his learning.

Check out the video.

 




 

Don’t have time for the full video? No worries, here’s a short summary:

Gretchen Wegner, The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Learning, Google Translate, language, learning, academic coach, academic coaching,

When you are working on your homework, in this case, foreign language homework, do you ever use Google Translate? If so you are robbing yourself of a key component of learning. You see, when we are learning we often make mistakes, and as a result, we go back and review the material so that we can correct those mistakes. This pattern of learning something, getting something a little wrong, going back and relearning it, builds strong neural pathways in our brains and is a key component of learning. So if you are using Google Translate to do your foreign language homework or some other shortcut, then you aren’t allowing yourself to make those mistakes or to learn as effectively or efficiently as you could otherwise.

So, when you’re doing your homework, think about that before you use a shortcut. And if you feel that you just don’t have the time or you have too much homework, then you might want to check out my course, The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying. You’ll find a wide range of tools, tips, and advice to help you get all your homework done and have more free time than you think.

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