Wow this is great! I wish you were my teacher, or where (I'm recently out of high school). Mental models are key to learning everything. High school was a nightmare to me because everything was about memorization and not conceptualization. I almost failed algebra 2 which made me feel like a complete idiot and I'm not an idiot. When I can't conceptualize something I don't understand it, when I don't understand it I don't remember it. Whether it's because subconsciously I don't want to learn something wrong or because I'm simply turned off by it, either way I didn't remember what I "learned" in math.
What's wrong with the people deciding how we learn in our schools??
I'm currently suffering from the same problem. I'm trying to learn a programming language and even though I understand all the tutorials where people are doing the programming I'm not creating a mental picture/model of what the programming language is all about.
I'M NOT LEARNING! This is my future and I'm already failing because the people trying to teach me were taught the same way I was in high school. Why are we failing ourselves?
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