Not really - but I do agree that it's absolutely vital to understand the basic concepts or terms. I think that's a major reason why people fail to learn - they just don't really grasp the most vital concepts. That's especially true of fields with lots of technical terms. If you don't understand the terms you'll struggle to follow even basic lines of reasoning.

For this reason I sometimes provide students with a list of central terms, together with comprehensive explanations of what they mean, when I teach.

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments


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