How to Comprehend

Have you ever wondered how to comprehend hard subjects like creative writing, learning music, math, science, ie: technical or analytical material? Did you know that you create comprehension when you accept the subject and say: "I love this subject!" Do you, or someone for whom you care, need to climb a steep hill (steep learning curve) -- to knowing and understanding the subject or lessons? Here's how to get enthused and get going!


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    Show real interest in technical and analytical matters.
    • Be sure to take the lower and intermediate courses before diving into advanced topics (for you).
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    Study quickly with a positive attitude. Don't stare or get foggy. Get enough rest too. Relax when possible... but pop back up.
    • Smile Like You Mean It when you really want to understand a step or an answer to a question. It will make you open to the subject.
    • Nod as if agreeing and act positively. Shake your head "Yes!" and Actively Learn During Lectures, sincerely open and listening.
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    Read the material for meaning(s). Be ready to discuss in class; overcome stage-fright by participating. Even volunteer to lead class discussion informally; don't make a scene. Don't pose and posture to seem intelligent -- but be engaged in the deeper topics.
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    Take notes while listening (revise your notes) and when you read the assignment, so you can ask logical questions and point out some important issues.
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    Overcome Bad Mental Hygiene, concentrate; which includes:
    • No daydreaming about work, fun and dating -- or friends and sports, etc.
    • Use your will to: actively listen, read, watch Youtube videos on the topic and avidly learn.
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    Clear your mind of distractions and clarify your doubts--if you have any; even get extra/extreme help, but only after class hours without disturbing the class.
    • Sit on or near the front row, if you are willing to be involved and open.
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    Be sharp not just faking interest, by really trying to comprehend the material and you can become sharper, keener and wiser.
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    Be persistent and so ask as many reasonable questions as you need.
    • Involve other people in your questions by asking:
      • "Has anyone figured this one out, and can anyone explain it?"
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    Be ready for questions: so, don't let your guard down (like daydreaming), but think positively and don't think much about other than the subject that you need to be focusing on.
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    Give your close attention to whomever has the floor. Listen to the teacher and to the students who are participating.
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    Agree quickly with lecture, with the teacher and with students who go to the board and give solutions--showing how the answer is found, but don't be too quick to take the wrong advice or teasing (don't be too sensitive...).
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    Quietly, but noticeably say sincere affirmations like "Okay...", "Yeah!", "That's good!", or "You got it!", and "Right! That's the way!"
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    Participate in the whole class activity, your small group, or board work (go to the board and try to do the problem).
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    Schedule your homework for the subject, be on time.
    • Do the homework and do it over, or do similar problems 16 hr per day (if you want) until you are sure that and how you "got it". Take reasonable, short breaks when studying.
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    Get help, if you need it. Maybe you have a lab instructor or tutor, or a friend in the same class who will work on homework or other assignments with you.
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    Memorize and apply vocabulary, definitions, rules, formulas, read and recite proofs, axioms, postulates, laws of science and math.


  • Be strong -- not intimidated by people who say that you ask "dumb questions" or that you ask "too many questions" -- or else you may slide down in your chair, and in your class grade or fail in your mind. Think positively. Shake off anxiety or doubt!
  • Be sure you always know and understand what the teacher's assignment meant and what the lesson means and how to do your assignment the best (not just the quickest or easiest) way.


  • Do not accept less than being on the subject, "watch and listen." Don't coast or slide without really trying.
  • If you do not accept the class subject, assignments, and concepts--then the result may be a mental block.

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