Connectionism was meant to be a general theory of learning for animals and humans. Thorndike was especially interested in the application of his theory to education including mathematics spelling and reading, measurement of intelligence and adult learning
Imagine someone is playing a video-game. He presses all the buttons on the controller randomly, and his character does a cool move. The player will try to recreate this by trying again and again until the action of pressing the same buttons will be automatic.