tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post4017013019757574993..comments2024-01-21T08:25:34.888-08:00Comments on Compete Complete: Where Learning Happens, Being a “Math Person,” and History ClassEskimauxRobhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13037945662977655232noreply@blogger.comBlogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-299057732630493962015-01-19T08:23:44.770-08:002015-01-19T08:23:44.770-08:00I'm a 'math person' and this is why I ...I'm a 'math person' and this is why I rarely had to study much for math tests. If the class is taught correctly, it goes through the progression of ideas and gets more and more complex throughout the year, building off what you already know. Since tests are usually set up in the same way, the first question would jog my memory about the easy stuff, and I would simply re-derive equations as I needed them. This method failed in Calc 2, and I did poorly in it, because infinite series, trig integration, etc, was not so much explained as presented, and I failed to see the connections. Calc itself was the first math class I took, where I wasn't figuring out equations a step ahead of the teacher explaining them; it was the first class where the progression from simple to complex wasn't intuitive to me, so when I got to the parts I struggled with, I figured "oh well, I guess I'm not an 'integration person'". Same with stats and prob, though those classes were taught as merely a presentation of mathematical 'tools' with very sparse explanation as to how or why they were derived, and very little explanation as to how the different distributions are connected (at least that was my experience). As a 'math person' I'm just now (in uni) learning how to study for math, because it was all so intuitive to me before, and I've found that rote memorization means I forget it all the next semester (looking at you Calc 2). <br /><br />Thanks for the post, I enjoy reading them.shuallhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07701744780042650871noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-75085647049960720422015-01-15T08:28:46.979-08:002015-01-15T08:28:46.979-08:00How interesting! These thoughts are completely ide...How interesting! These thoughts are completely identical to what i've pondered about since my start of taking classes. Glad to see someone sharing my thoughts. Good read!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-43586835081844583672015-01-04T09:03:46.265-08:002015-01-04T09:03:46.265-08:00I needed this. Thank you.I needed this. Thank you.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-61130554121092746592014-12-21T14:40:40.311-08:002014-12-21T14:40:40.311-08:00Your views on statistics runs parallel to my own v...Your views on statistics runs parallel to my own views on calculus. <br />People call me crazy for finding ways to derive all the formulas used, but I find it comforting to know that if my memory fails to recall the derivative of arcsin, I can derive it myself by drawing a triangle.<br /><br />Good stuff.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-22290490100139834942014-12-19T04:46:32.193-08:002014-12-19T04:46:32.193-08:00This blog entry is singlehandedly and positively i...This blog entry is singlehandedly and positively influencing me more than it ought to. WHY are your words so good to me?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-14499854072965041252014-12-13T16:34:41.097-08:002014-12-13T16:34:41.097-08:00Our brain physically works this way too. The more ...Our brain physically works this way too. The more synaptic connections we have to something, the more accessible and retrievable the information or function is.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9136309127101332180.post-39647600111687542512014-12-13T14:30:31.746-08:002014-12-13T14:30:31.746-08:00Well said Rob, I love your work
-LoofyWell said Rob, I love your work<br />-LoofyAnonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18121162669320961343noreply@blogger.com