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January 19th, 2017, 09:48 PM   #1
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Getting the most out of lecture

I love mathematics, but I feel like I am never getting that much out of lecture. Especially in Calculus 2 now. I don't know what it is, but I just can't keep up well. My brain is like always trying to fully understand everything he does and then sometimes I fall behind and then lose the professor completely. I can't imagine trying to follow him when we do infinite series. I usually go home and read the textbook and understand the example problems and then do problems. But I feel like I could have done that easily without lecture. Anyway, to get the most out of my education, what should I be doing differently to get the most out of lecture periods? I would really appreciate some tips.

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I had this Spanish guy who was teaching everyone an advanced quantum mechanics and it was impossible to understand him. To get through that, I

1. made sure I wrote down everything and compared my notes to my friend's
2. got a textbook and read that instead

Aside from that there's not a huge amount you can do.
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Read the next day's material in advance. Then you can follow without falling behind. You may not even need to take notes. Plus you can more confidently ask questions.
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Read ahead of the lecture.
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