Studying VS Gaining Knowledge: What’s the Difference?

In today’s society, there is an increasing emphasis on formal education and academic achievement. However, gaining knowledge is not the same as just studying. 

Can You claim that you gained knowledge every time you studied as a student? 

Whether you are a student or have been one, claiming this is next to impossible. At some point, we all have studied just to memorise information without actually trying to gain any knowledge from it. 

So, what is the difference? It is straightforward, but we’ll go deeper into it and explain it with an example for you to understand the difference accurately. 

The Difference between Studying and Gaining Knowledge 

To explain it in one line- gaining knowledge is a possible outcome of studying but not every studying process leads to gaining knowledge, and neither is studying the only way to gain knowledge. 

So what else can studying deliver if not knowledge, and what other things can lead to gaining knowledge? Allow us to explain with a detailed example. 

Let’s take the example of Rohan and Rohini, two kids from the same class. Rohan believes in studying just for memorising topics, and Rohini believes in gaining knowledge. 

Rohan memorises all the information coming from classes or tuitions in his mind in a short period and then spills it out at the time of exams. This kind of learning is called Rote Learning. Now it is the rule of nature that what comes in quickly goes away quickly too. 

Rohini on the other hand tries to make sense of the information and understand everything taught to her to gain it in the form of knowledge. Not just at the time of exams but from the very beginning. 

As she understands everything, a quick revision during exams will do the needful. Now the counterpart of the rule of nature we discussed applies here that what comes in slowly but with dedication lasts long or maybe forever. 

So if you go to Rohan a few days after the exams, he won’t be able to recall much of what he studied for exams, even if he scored pretty well. This will create learning gaps for Rohan when he goes on to higher classes and learns advanced levels of what he learned earlier. 

But in the case of Rohini, she will probably recall her learning even years later. She will be able to build on her knowledge in future classes, and there won’t be any learning gaps. Rohini will not just have the knowledge intact with her, but she’ll also be able to practise it when the time comes. 

Students like Rohan may get good marks, appreciation, and great recognition. They may even unlock a decent future for themselves. But, following and keeping up with that will always be hard for them. 

We all know that KNOWLEDGE is the most valuable asset one can build for themselves. Therefore, students like Rohini are bound to do well in life as they’ll have that asset. They may also get good marks, appreciation, and recognition. But keeping up with it won’t be much of a task for them as they earned it with consistent dedication. 

To elaborate, studying can help you to achieve good grades and pass exams. Still, it is only through gaining knowledge that you will truly understand and be able to apply the concepts you have learned. 

So, if you still have doubts about the difference between studying and gaining knowledge, let’s make it simple. It is just that if you study to memorise information, it may give you instant results. Still, it won’t add any value to your life, nor will it stay for long. 

But if you study to gain knowledge, it will add significant value to your intellect and will last in your memory for a long or maybe forever. Nobody will ever be able to take it away from you. 

What’s better?

Do we still need to answer it? But let’s be clear once and for all. Taking all that discussed above as supporting statements, we firmly conclude that Gaining knowledge is way better for students than just studying to memorise information. 

Gaining knowledge is, therefore, better than just studying because it allows you to remember things and understand and apply them in new situations. This ability to think critically and creatively will help you succeed in whatever you do.

However, Gaining knowledge requires a certain level of commitment and effort. It is not something that can be learned passively by just attending classes and listening to lectures. 

You must actively engage in learning, seeking new information and applying it to your current understanding. Only then will you be able to gain the profound understanding that is necessary for true success.

Now what all can help students in gaining knowledge? Let’s unfold that now.

Effective Activities For Gaining Knowledge

There are many activities that can help students gain knowledge. Some of these activities include: 

  • Going deeper into topics: By going deeper into issues or subjects taught in school or tuition, students can gain a deeper understanding of them. This is especially helpful for students who want to learn more about a particular subject. 

How can they do it? Maybe by going through the topics through different lenses. Look at the different approaches your school teacher, tuition teacher, and friends have for a topic and then formulate your own. 

  • Reading: As another way of going deeper into a topic, reading can also help students gain more profound knowledge about a topic. However, reading is generally less a work than analysing different approaches around you. It will serve as fun as well as for study. 
  • Watch videos: Watching videos on topics taught in school can be an excellent way for students to gain knowledge. This is especially true for visual learners, who may learn better when they can see and hear the material. It will be better if these videos have real-life connections or examples displayed, as it will ensure better understanding.
  • Taking notes: Taking notes is an excellent way for students to remember what they have learned. It also helps them in the time of exams for quick recall and revision. When making notes, students should ensure that they are easy to understand and to the point to serve them best when needed. 
  • Practice: The last and best activity for gaining knowledge is putting the information or learning gained from various learning sources into practice. Practice is essential in gaining knowledge. It allows us to apply what we have learned and improve our understanding of a subject. Additionally, practice can help us to retain information better and to recall it more swiftly.

Now another proven fact is that gaining knowledge is too personal and a unique experience for everyone. That means some will be able to gain understanding by listening to something; some may acquire it by seeing a live example of something. Some may get it by reading, or some may get it through practice. This may even differ subject to subject or grade to grade.

When one is just studying to memorise, it can be done by any kind of learning resource or content available to the person. But, when you want to gain knowledge, the content or learning resource used for it should be unique to that person’s unique learning habits. 

Now, how can school students manage all of that on their own? How can they ensure that they have various learning resources available to suit all their learning habits? Is there a platform that can help them with all that? Can a platform help them gain knowledge instead of just studying? 

YES, there is none other than our one-stop learning solution, the iPrep Learning App. But how can iPrep help in this case? Keep your interest intact as we explain that to you. 

How can iPrep help?

The iPrep learning app is designed with various qualities and features that can go on to ensure that students can gain knowledge instead of just studying. What are those? Let’s have a look-

Highly enjoyable, easy to understand, and engaging content

iPrep app comes loaded with highly enjoyable content that is not just easy to understand but also highly engaging. The topic-wise animated video lessons of the iPrep app are designed so that students can enjoy learning from them. This will ensure that they thoroughly understand the topics and gain knowledge. 

We also have other content categories like practices, tests, course books, class notes, practical videos, and the digital books library. These can all together fit all the unique learning habits. By that, iPrep ensures that learners gain knowledge instead of just stuffing information in their minds.  

A helping hand to start your knowledge-gaining habit 

As we already discussed, starting with the habit of gaining knowledge is next to impossible if a learner has been studying to memorise information without understanding it. The reason behind that is the learning gaps created by the Rote learning habit. 

One can never effectively understand topics and gain knowledge from what they are being taught if they do not have clear basics in that area. It can also be challenging if the language in which the topics are being delivered isn’t the one they are proficient in. 

But what if something takes care of their learning and language gaps

The iPrep app’s single subscription provides access to all classes from 1 to 12 and all the content categories in both English and Hindi. So, in case of a learning gap, a learner can quickly switch to a junior class and clear their learning gaps, making it possible for them to understand the current curriculum clearly. 

Further, in case of language gaps, learners can switch between the two languages i.e. Hindi and English. They can learn in the language that suits their learning habits. 


So, what are you waiting for? Download the iPrep app or log in to our Web app- and start your 7-Day free trial now. You are just a few clicks away from starting your effective learning and knowledge-gaining journey. 

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