Now 19, over the past two years I've tried different methods to improve my knowledge of politics and economics because - although I'm currently applying for a career in the forces - I am eager to have a career in politics after service.
I've formed an understanding of the two subjects via a mishmash of reading The Times daily, The Economist weekly (cover-to-cover), watching debates, documentaries, YouTube videos and, more recently through fear of having gaps in my knowledge, studying A Level textbooks.
Although technically speaking everything I should wish to possibly know is written down in the textbooks, retaining the information I am making notes on is proving exceptionally difficult and frustrating; the concepts from the introductory chapters seem very simple yet are disguised with tiresome jargon that I forget ten minutes later.
My question: should I just ditch the textbooks and instead build an understanding of politics and economics over time as I have been doing? Or will this leave gaps in my knowledge, and therefore should I study like a student from the textbooks?
Very frustrating. If anyone with experience studying or reading widely on any subject could reflect on their experiences, I would be very grateful. Thank you.
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