I work with a lot of students on a daily and weekly basis and students often impress me with their high level of efficiency. From how quickly they can locate something in their book or notes to how they prioritize what they don't understand and want to work on in the sessions. Math may not be their favorite subject, but their laser like focus, level of intensity, and willingness to jump right into the heart of it all allow them to quickly overcome any obstacles that may be in the way of their understanding. Not to be confused with hastiness though. Some students may want to hurry through their homework, assignments, and quizzes to be 'done,' but this is something entirely different. It's a willingness to engage fully with math and learning in general with the speed and attention with which teenagers type text messages or play video games. They work at their own pace yet they are challenging themselves and adapting to subtle nuances and variations and integrating these into their understanding like a giant snowball expanding with each successive turn. See if you can cultivate an efficient approach to learning. It starts with a willingness to learn something, right? Being organized helps too. Followed by asking questions on sticking points helps to continue propelling oneself forward. Lastly, being reflective. Pay attention to how your time is being spent. How could it be spent better? Tutoring also can be part of an effective efficiency plan, especially when added to a student's own class and individual efforts.
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