The word "learning" has several distinctly different meanings.

"Learning" that takes place in an individual, as part of a group, is more accurately "training", not learning. You can argue that "Well, I was in a class of thirty people but I learned my own things" etc. Actually learning is dependent on a specific psychological climate. If you are part of a group, at a particular moment, you are not learning.

When you are a child (i.e., part of a family), you are learning how to learn, but the content of any actual learning is disposable. When you are in a classroom at a school you are almost never even learning how to learn, rather you are being trained to accept training.

If a person does not understand the difference between training and learning, it is very difficult to give them that understanding. The best that can be offered is the axiom " An individual learns, a group is trained". Human cleverness might bring some people to go into depth about how they were "an individual among the many" or some other nonsense. If you are in a group, regardless of your relationship to the others, your status, etc, then you are not learning. There is no such thing as 100% in a group or 100% independent but a person generally is either alone (learning) or in a group (training).

Keep in mind, training has a function, or it wouldn't exist. Sometimes there is a necessary benefit that comes from producing a group of people who have similar training and ideas, who are predictable and measurable. But an honest person should always see individuality as a goal rather than as a deficiency. Likewise, artificial specific goal oriented groups should be seen, at best, as necessary evils that must serve the growth of individuals.

Learning can have a number of elements.

As suggested by the above, an essential element of true learning is being alone against the teacher (whether the teacher is a situation, a person etc).

Always the true teacher of anything genuine is nature (that is, beyond any human will). It is nauseatingly common for individuals to "teach". The truth is, it doesn't happen. If you see an idea on this page that you think is new to you, you should keep looking (i.e., in your life) if you want to find the source. If you go to a store and buy (or shoplift) an apple you would be making a big mistake to thank the storeowner for the apple. The apple came from a tree. Someone saw a benefit to him or her self in taking the apple to a store and selling it. Likewise if you buy an apple that turns out to have worms (or if you get intellectual gonorrhea from this page) ultimately the further you look for the source the better.