If you're doing that kind of thing out a sense of teamwork or out of the kindness of your own heart, it can be rather frustrating when your "student" is too busy interrupting you to, talking over you, or not really listening to you.
If you've ever experienced that, you know what I'm talking about. Whether in a discussion or, especially, trying to "teach" someone, it can be very disheartening to find that they're much more interested in talking than listening.
Sometimes we're able to recognize faults with others, but we're unable (or occasionally unwilling) to recognize and address them within ourselves.
So, what kind of "student" are you? Hell, for that matter, what kind of conversationalist are you?
If you're wondering what prompted or inspired this post, it was a situation with a co-worker who, from her very first day, showed me that she was not a very good "student." I'm sure she'd completely disagree with that assessment, but I assure you that it's entirely accurate.If nothing else, constant interruptions and poor listening are disrespectful to the person whose's trying to help you - whether s/he's getting paid to do so or not.
As has happened before, she had a problem that was in an area that was not my responsibility, but I tried to help her, anyway - at her request, most likely. As I'm standing there telling her what she can do on the computer to accomplish her task, she's continually attempting to solve the problem HERSELF. She thinks of different ways she'd like to address the issue, then tries them. I already know how some of these things are going to work out, which is why I did not suggest them.
In any case, as I see that she's going to keep trying her own methods instead of listening to mine, I decide to leave her to it. Whenever I try to walk away, though, she asks me about MY suggestion.
It's a cycle of questions from her, answers from me, then a failure on her part to listen to those answers. Eventually, I free myself from this cycle and go about my business.
Hours later, she tells me that she finally got it to work. I had no idea she was still wrestling with the issue. She said she ended up doing what I suggested and it worked.
If she were a better listener or "student," she wouldn't have wasted so much of her, my, or our employer's time.
(It reminds me of watching a movie with someone and they ignore the whole thing, then, when it gets REALLY interesting, they're confused, so they bombard you with a million questions - questions that they wouldn't need to ask if they'd simply paid attention.)