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July 2nd, 2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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Brain power or Staying power?

When it comes to math, students need to work on staying power, not brain power, since mastering math takes patience and persistence. I think math students need to develop stamina for solving math problems. What do you think?

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July 2nd, 2019, 02:12 PM   #3
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I relate to that question very personally. I was always "good at math" and glided through high school and even much of my undergrad math major. I got killed in grad school. Everyone there is "good at math." Focus and discipline are what matter.

I read recently that the famous Terence Tao has written about having the same experience. He also never had to work hard, and when he got to grad school he got himself some study habits.

There's an old Broadway musical called Damn Yankees. One of the songs has the line: "Oh it's fine to be a genius of course; but put the old horse before the cart ... Oh ya gotta have heart!"

Smarts is not nearly enough.
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July 2nd, 2019, 09:55 PM   #5
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I relate to that question very personally. I was always "good at math" and glided through high school and even much of my undergrad math major. I got killed in grad school. Everyone there is "good at math." Focus and discipline are what matter.

I read recently that the famous Terence Tao has written about having the same experience. He also never had to work hard, and when he got to grad school he got himself some study habits.

There's an old Broadway musical called Damn Yankees. One of the songs has the line: "Oh it's fine to be a genius of course; but put the old horse before the cart ... Oh ya gotta have heart!"

Smarts is not nearly enough.
Too bad discipline alone can’t make it.
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July 3rd, 2019, 02:18 PM   #6
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… mastering math takes patience and persistence …
Mastering anything takes patience and persistence, but I can understand your perspective.

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… students need to develop stamina … What do you think?
We call it 'grit' these days, and it's only one component of academic success.

I think mathematics is not unique, in these regards.
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