If you are going to learn or do something new, like go to dance class, go to sketch class, learn a language or commence a complete course of study, what do you do?
Just go as you are?
Do some preparation reading or learning before hand, develop some skills in dance or art or use a languages CD to get a rudimentary knowledge?
Or do you attempt to empty your mind some how, remove all knowledge of the topic or anything associated with it to try and go for beginners mind?
Also what has influenced you to think this way? Has it been experience, has one approach proven better at one time in your life or have you tried one just to find out it was totally the wrong idea at the time?