2009年2月14日土曜日

特別進学計画 progress report - 9 days

Well, it has been nine days so far since I started my little project.

Sleeping - So I've gotten into the habit of waking up everyday at seven am. I actually found it surprisingly easy. Steve Pavlina's advice was tremendously helpful here. One of the reasons I found it easy to suddenly start it, was because I had already been in the habit of getting up when my alarm went off. Instead of having a traditional noisy alarm, I have one that will literally vibrate under my bed when it goes off. It works so much better because it doesn't make me freak out desperate to turn it off. Waking up without some intruding noise makes it so much easier.

Forum - I've successfully cut out my forum use entirely. I've reclaimed so much time, it's not even funny. If you visit a forum more than once a couple days, I highly suggest you quit for a while and find out how much more time you gain.

Meat - Unfortunately, it turned out that I wasn't able to maintain this one for personal reasons. I'd still like to try it someday, but I can't really now.

Study - This has been interesting. Since I've basically eliminated memory as a problem, I'm really seeing now how much I can turn my study into a memory game.

Chemistry
Chemistry is no problem. The only problem really is remembering the details of what it teaches you. The biggest problem people have with big scary subjects like chemistry is the high volume of new information. People are content to have a term explained once and think they've "learned it". But that's simply not true. A textbook will introduce you to a term and then immediately use it and expect you to know it. The reason people find it easier to learn from instructors and explanations from people is probably because they take it easy on you with the language.

But guess what? SRS takes care of that perfectly. Chemistry is cake.

Math
Math was the only subject which I was a bit worried about. It's kinda hard to make flashcards for math, and it can also be a bit confusing at times. Why do the parenthesis make so much a difference with exponents? Why can you just move around numbers to change them being +/-? Negative x Positive = Negative or Negative / Positive = Negative, why?It's a confusing mess. But I don't care, I don't learn that stuff.

The way I see it, math is like language. Doing math problems, reading how to simplify problems, the point isn't to learn exactly how things work. You simply cannot learn the extremely low level reason explaining why certain things work and then apply it immediately to higher level stuff.

The approach I take is that I simply accept it. The book tells you that you have to put a parenthesis in this situation, so I do it. I imitate. I see problems as exercising my math skills in imitating what the book says to do in a specific situation. I suppose I'll eventually reach a point where I'll have seen enough math to be able to say "You do it this way, not that way". I'm not sure I'll be able to explain exactly why, but I think that's best left for after I've gotten decent at algebra. Knowing why I do something after I can already do it, is so much easier then trying to figure it out beforehand.

Which what sparked the original idea of the 30 minutes a day for two subjects: My rules are,
a)I don't have to SRS anything if I don't want to.
b)Don't have to try and do anything more than the most simplest of task, as long as I'm getting exposure to the subject.

You see what I'm getting at? Decrease perfectionism, remove the causes of procrastination, and increase exposure. The idea is that I need to be doing it everyday and without forcing myself to. And I've found my productivity and time spent to be much higher this way, less headaches and less stress.

Physics
I'm finding that the math is holding me back here, unfortunately. It's not that it's not entirely impossible to understand without the math, just that I miss things. They build up, and fast. So I'll work on my algebra a while before I get into calculus and physics.

I guess that's it. I'm busy, but having fun. So much to learn.

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