Honestly, it truly depends on what it is I'm learning, and how involved / interested I am in learning it. A few years back, I drew a picture for someone and the wings on the character ended up turning out terribly. I wasn't good at drawing wings nor was I too interested in them. Upon seeing the picture, the person gave me a list of references to help me out, but I reacted negatively. I eventually deleted and redid the picture for them, with the wings down instead of out. I didn't really use any of the references they gave me, admittedly, and I didn't learn anything from that except I was bad with wings and I should avoid them. I also didn't have any characters with wings, so I never was comfortable with them. Now, about half a year ago, I came up to you and ask advice on wings because I wanted to get better with them; I wanted to learn more about them. I had characters with wings, mainly thanks to you, so they were relevant to me and my motivation changed from "I need to do this for someone for a thing" to "I want to get better at this so it will look better". I was willing to tackle wings, and gosh darn it, I'm so proud of my wings now, and I have you to thank for that. Even if I don't cut triangles from them anymore whoops
I am also a different person than I was years ago, and I've also grown a lot considering art and actions. I guess my answer is yes, but only if I'm motivated and willing to learn about it. And it's not shoved in my face. It's like the whole deal of, "I'm going to take out the trash in 30 minutes, but oh, someone just told me to take the trash out now, and I really don't want to do it anymore because I just got bossed around". Or maybe I'm just cynical and spiteful.
Great turnaround story. It's an honor to have influenced you in a way. I completely get where you are coming from too. Having motivation and the drive to want to learn something can definitely alter whether or not you struggle or not in learning the subject. Once you take the time to learn or know the subject you'll most likely forget portions as your just repeating and trying to efficiently get things done now. Sort of when you first learn math you might have to write out the problem, but eventually you can do it in your head and thus cut corners which could lead to mistake, but your learning to balance the knowledge and the efficiency.