There are two ways we can learn. We can be forced to learn or we can learn because we want to learn. If we learn because we are forced to learn, we probably learn because of fear of penalty if we do not learn. Yes, we can learn that way, but that learning is due to a negative power over us, and it is likely we will not remember the things learned and we will likely not apply that learning to improve our lives.
If we learn because we want to learn, we learn because we are gaining a love of knowledge. We are excited about learning, and we want to continue learning and we want to improve our lives by application to our lives of the knowledge we have gained.
In addition, if we learn because we want to learn, we are learning using the methods given by God for the improvement of his children. The Lord said,
And set in order the churches, and study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people (D&C 90:15).
And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith (D&C 109:7);
Notice that the Lord didn’t say we should learn from any books; he said we should learn from study of good or best books. Thus, we go to school, including college and graduate school, to study from the best books.
Study of the best books is important, but it is not the only way we can learn. We should learn from the words of others that might not be published in books But, the use of books and other words of others is not the best way to learn. We should learn from ourselves! That is, as we experience life and the results of our decisions, we should learn from our successes and from our mistakes. For example, I am a runner, and I know from my reading that it is important for me to get sufficient sleep each night. However, I get busy and find it difficult to go to bed at a reasonable time. I am forced by society to arise early enough to meet my obligations as a husband, father, and student. Sure enough, after several nights of insufficient sleep my performance as a runner deteriorates, and I learn from experience that I need more sleep.