I often find myself crossing interdisciplinary lines and reading research papers, trying to understand some new practice or algorithm in math or computer science. I start out thinking "I just need to understand these basic concepts and I'll crack this", but end up with a very tired brain at 5am, having tried to mainline dense trees of Wikipedia and
Wolfram MathWorld, and still not feeling like I retained everything. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan
on Aug 1, 2013 -
Has anyone gone through a period of time where their memories and concept of time has been really off. Sometimes it feels like my memory for things is really off but it is so subtle that I don't notice it. The other part of this that when I read something (even the newspaper) I don't retain what I'm reading. I'll read through an article and not have the gist of what was written. I can go back but all I see are details rather than how it makes up a cohesive whole. I think that I may have problems with abstract thinking. Has anyone had issues like this and if so how do you navigate around this? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. By the way I am in my late twenties so Alzheimer's disease is very unlikely.
posted by anonymous
on Nov 25, 2012 -
Should I strongly encourage my 12-year-old daughter to read a book that she needs to have completed before the start of the next school year, or since she'll be on a lot of buses travelling with a lot of time on her hands this summer, let her listen to the audiobook? Some other details inside... [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn
on Jun 21, 2012 -
Does anyone have any experience with psychology in graduate school? We recently started reading journal articles in one of our classes and it's quite a bit of work to understand what the articles are all about. I'm not sure whether I'm a little slow or whether I just feel intimidated, but really understanding what I'm reading is quite difficult.
The method I've used for now, is to read the article a couple of times, highlighting what I think is important. Then I take notes on the article and it slowly comes to me.
I'm not sure whether it's significant that I wasn't a psychology major in my undergraduate program.
If anyone has any tips or tricks or other advice for understanding what we're reading, I'd greatly appreciate the help.
posted by Garden
on Jan 16, 2010 -
What is the polite way to deal with service workers who speak poor English in an English-speaking country? [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Feb 22, 2008 -
LSAT Filter: I'm taking the test next Sat and I could use any pointers or tips about reading comprehension... [more inside]
posted by stratastar
on Nov 26, 2006 -