A very common phrase that almost everyone has heard is: In theory, it is one thing, but in practice, it is another. This sentence is our starting point for today’s article. Can you tell me which is better, theory or practice? Is it possible to learn from both?
To better understand this relationship, on the one hand, is the practice that is known as the technique. In practice, you use actions to solve or execute a task. On the other side, we have the theory that is seen as intellectual knowledge.
How to define the importance of theory and practice for our goals?
Usually people say that who learns in practice, learns from mistakes, but in theory, you never make mistakes? There are many statements that involve this controversial subject, but it is necessary to filter which ones are relevant and which are not.
There is a very famous phrase that is: A drop of practice is worth more than an ocean of theory! What do you think of this? In particular, we are against generalization, that is, a totally radical opinion is no longer suitable for this matter. We brought some tips and examples to help you reflect on this topic.
For those who find theory better than practice
The transition from the theoretical to the practical phase is very important. You must think of a way to put into practice everything you have learned in theory, only then will you be able to confirm whether or not what has been absorbed has use in your daily life or in your profession.
There are many things you have learned in theory, which when applied in practice can bring you countless benefits, others not so much. Without forgetting that when you practice, you are also learning something new and learning never hurts
There is a huge difference between knowing and doing
In fact, we can say that it is no use reading all the books, blogs and articles on electrical, if you do not put the information into practice. Not to mention that much of this information will be lost over time if you have no new experiences related to it.
You read about how to install a circuit breaker or how to assemble a QDC, for example, it is very important so that when it comes to carrying out the task, you already have a good base and can make fewer mistakes or spend less time trying to understand how to do it.
But in theory, they don’t teach you how to adapt to adverse situations, but how so? We all know that theory explains everything in the most perfect condition possible, with the best tools, with the best equipment, but in practice it is not that simple. Not all installations offer the same conditions as shown in the book.
It is at this point that your theoretical knowledge will be fundamental. Through your critical and / or creative side, you will be able to suggest and carry out adaptations and modifications so that this task is performed even in adverse conditions. In contrast, at this point, you already begin to experience and learn from practice.
For those who find the practice more important
The professional who learns in practice develops an impressive ability to perform tasks, this is indisputable. But during this process there was a lot of damage and damage until I found the right way to do it. The good professional must always be updated and unfortunately those who learn only with practice do not usually seek it.
Despite what we have just said, people who learn only through practice are no more capable than those who learn from theory. In fact this ends up being the opposite, even if you get several clients, your remuneration will be lower when compared to the trained professional. Therefore, theory is fundamental not only to learn the contents, but also to value you in the market.
If the professionals who learned with practice, sought theoretical knowledge to complement what they already know, they would certainly expand their area of activity and mainly understand the importance of the theoretical side, not to mention the appreciation that the trained professional has.
We are not here to dictate rules, in fact it is just the opposite. Our idea was to present information and examples so that you can better rethink this subject, define what is correct or not and whether or not to change something in your work routine.