I read a quote that’s stuck with me:
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Seeing something being done is helpful, especially if you have a blank canvas and don’t know where to start. You’ll remember what you saw, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll understand why it was successful or unsuccessful. When you try to replicate what you saw, that’s when it starts to click and make sense. The true learning and understanding happen by doing. We learn what we do (or attempt to do).