The ability to learn is a learned ability. While the previous sentence may appear be circular, in reality it is not. What I am saying is that learning, like swimming, is an ability that can be learned. It is not something that we are born with.
Learning like any other ability can be cultivated, honed and sharpened.
There are no stupid people. In my opinion people are either lazy thinkers, erroneous thinkers or distracted thinkers.
We usually tend to assume that when a child or a person has difficulty to understand or solve something that he/she is innately stupid and nothing can be done about it.
Some people have difficulty because they do not want to exercise their grey cells. Absorbing, thinking and analyzing require effort much the same way like lifting a heavy object. Some people are averse to putting in that effort and try to take the easy way out by guessing or randomly choosing a possibility which invariably is wrong.
There are others who follow erroneous thinking. Here, I have observed is that people tending to rush to understand. This cannot happen. The right amount of effort in the right amount of time is necessary to understand and absorb. If this is not done then nothing can be achieved. Here I am reminded of people trying to learn swimming. In their haste of swimming like a pro they thrash and splash the water. The only result is a lot of water being splashed all around with little or insufficient movement.
Then there are others who try too hard to learn. This is not going to work for obvious reasons because “if you stare you will not see”. The approach to learning must be relaxed and easy.
Also, what is needed is focus and concentration. We must have adequate attention on what we are trying to learn. There should be no constraints of time or quantity. We should go with the flow.
Finally there must be a strong desire and an urge to learn.
So, in conclusion, learning to learn is a learned ability. We need focus, concentration, a relaxed approach and adequate effort.
If these are followed learning will not only be easy but also enjoyable!