In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said that from that which is obligated on a student of knowledge to comply with is that he acquires knowledge directly from the Shaikhs, for indeed he will reach -by way of that- several benefits as follows:
 The path to acquiring knowledge will be shortened for him, rather than him moving from one book to another whilst trying to find out the view that carries more weight [in a particular subject matter] and the reason behind it; likewise trying to find out the weak view in [that particular subject matter] and the reason behind it. Instead of going through all this, the teacher will give him what he seeks after through an easy path; present to him – two, three or more than three – different views of the people of knowledge [i.e. the scholars] together with a clarification of the view that carries more weight and the proof. Indeed, there is no doubt that this is beneficial [or advantageous] for the student [as oppose to what will bring him harm in the path of seeking knowledge].
 He will be facilitated with the ability to grasp a subject matter quickly, because when the student of knowledge reads to a scholar, he will grasp the subject matter many times quicker than when he reads books [on his own]. That is because when he read books, he might come across difficult and obscure statements [or expressions], so he needs contemplation and repetition, which requires time and effort, and he might understand those statements [or expressions] wrongly and then act upon them.
 Close connection [or attachment] between the students of knowledge and the erudite scholars- junior people of knowledge attached to senior people of knowledge.
These are from the benefits of acquiring knowledge directly from the Shaikhs. But as mentioned earlier, it is obligated on a person to choose a scholar who is reliable, trustworthy and strong – one who has real knowledge and understanding and not superficial knowledge; truthful and firm in fulfilling what is entrusted to him and known for fulfilling acts of worship, for indeed a student follows the footsteps of his teacher.
Source: See Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm’ pages 105-106. paraphrased.
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