Various Balances in Learning

I am a person often pursuing some kind of balance. In teaching/learning, I think the following balances will benefit learners.

  • Studying vs. thinking. Confucius says: studying without thinking leads to confusion; thinking without studying leads to exhaustion.
  • Theory vs. practice. Theory and concepts are as important as practices, and vice versa. Thus, exams and projects are of equal importance.
  • Memorization vs. understanding. Understanding is the basis of memorization. Memorization can also facilitates understanding and communication. Thus, closed
    book exams are needed.
  • Self study vs. group study. Both are important. Self study gives you time and pace to digest knowledge; group study gives you opportunity to communicate and actively exchange information and learning experience with others.

Are there any other balances that are worth mentioning?