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This is purely to study mathematics for my own interest, not for a qualification.

My current approach is to copy out the book I am studying. I did this with Three Pearls of Number Theory by A Y Khinchin, but I don't feel like it really sunk in.

I struggle a lot with concentration. Is copying out the Textbook just a complete waste of time, beaeing in mind I don't have the concentration to read my notes afterwards?
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(Original post by nohomo)
This is purely to study mathematics for my own interest, not for a qualification.

My current approach is to copy out the book I am studying. I did this with Three Pearls of Number Theory by A Y Khinchin, but I don't feel like it really sunk in.

I struggle a lot with concentration. Is copying out the Textbook just a complete waste of time, beaeing in mind I don't have the concentration to read my notes afterwards?
Copying out a textbook isn't studying!

Read the textbook, then do the exercises to test your understanding.
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Copying out a textbook isn't studying!

Read the textbook, then do the exercises to test your understanding.
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(Original post by nohomo)
This is purely to study mathematics for my own interest, not for a qualification.

My current approach is to copy out the book I am studying. I did this with Three Pearls of Number Theory by A Y Khinchin, but I don't feel like it really sunk in.

I struggle a lot with concentration. Is copying out the Textbook just a complete waste of time, beaeing in mind I don't have the concentration to read my notes afterwards?
There is nothing like doing exercises to get understanding. You can find lots of examples sheets on the Cambridge website, for instance, and I'm sure other universities do them.
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Read thousand page textbooks written in size 8 font from the 1960s written in boolean logic with fading diagrams, lots of archaic language you'd expect only an Erudite professor to understand. Don't bother with these watered down revision aids because they don't give you a deep understanding and merely scratch the surface of the subject, written in a way that concentrates on answering the exam question, rather than truly understanding the methodology
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Read thousand page textbooks written in size 8 font from the 1960s written in boolean logic with fading diagrams, lots of archaic language you'd expect only an Erudite professor to understand. Don't bother with these watered down revision aids because they don't give you a deep understanding and merely scratch the surface of the subject, written in a way that concentrates on answering the exam question, rather than truly understanding the methodology
Your logical fallacy is: false dichotomy.
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Read thousand page textbooks written in size 8 font from the 1960s written in boolean logic with fading diagrams, lots of archaic language you'd expect only an Erudite professor to understand. Don't bother with these watered down revision aids because they don't give you a deep understanding and merely scratch the surface of the subject, written in a way that concentrates on answering the exam question, rather than truly understanding the methodology
The only textbooks worth reading are ones where the word "show" is spelled "shew".

Anything else is a travesty!
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It's only successful with unlimited practice with various numerous number of questions!
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