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Mmmm...Come here foot soldier...

Posted on 2006.05.09 at 07:20


Jared Bowers
boykooties at 2006-05-09 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
I can see that a lot of things contributed to it, like shoving all my classes into two days, or not having my full liscense, but I can sense a deeper problem. You have to understand that for me to succeed at something requires me to put everything into it, reguardless of how easy or difficult it might be, and it gets taxing to keep trying to switch and jump around between chemistry, ecomomics, my own work, english, etc. My mind is one designed to focus not on problems that take days or weeks to crack, but months and years, and especially when I am under stress, my own projects and interests will simply crowd everything else out. It's almost like the opposite problem of an "Attention-Deficit" problem; I have so much attention that the effort it takes to control it burns me out in no time even for the simplest subject matter if I don't find it interesting.

"The system" you've mentioned in my experience makes learning a bloated, sprawling experience. Honestley, I think a version of "the system" designed for me would be one where only one brief, intensive course is taken at a time. The entire course is brief, perhaps only a matter of weeks, but is highly information-dense, and highly organized. Basically, I'd like to be able to spend a few weeks on really hard on chemistry to the exclusion of all else and then be able to move on to economics, and then to math, and then english, etc. This sort of a system would be a much more effective teaching tool to me, because I would be able to devote all of my internal resources to one place at a time, which is the way I feel like I naturally operate, and in retrospect, it is actually how I provided much of the "self-education" to myself that has ended up giving me the expertise I have today. If I need to learn about, say, the laws of rotational motion for a project, I'll spend a few days or weeks studying them to the exclusion of all else and then backtrack and incorperate them into the bigger picture. It's a tremendously effective mode of teaching myself, but unfortunatley it cannot be appllied to school classes that last say, six months with multiple classes operating in parallel.

But this is not a perfect world, so I guess I'll just have to deal.

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