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I'm taking a graduate physics class. I usually sit at the front and madly scribble down everything the teacher writes.... But the professor also publishes his notes on the internet. I find it sometimes difficult to understand what is going on in class . Often the problem is that I am spending most of my time scribbling what the prof. writes and trying to stay up to speed, but he is obviously working at a bit faster rate than me since he knows this stuff alot better than I do. I usually learn best by doing reading on my own and then asking questions.

Is there a recommended path for someone with my learning style, how to effectively use my class time?

for instance, it might be more useful to sleep through class so that I am well rested but then I might miss some stuff. thoughts?


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closed as off topic by David Z Oct 23 '11 at 3:24

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if this is innappropriate for this forum I understand, but I really would appreciate some advice on this topic –  Bozostein Oct 23 '11 at 2:52
Yeah, this isn't quite what this site is for. A moderator will probably tell you that shortly. –  Fingolfin Oct 23 '11 at 3:24
Yeah, this is off topic here (not about physics), and it's also likely to invite anecdotal answers. It might be the sort of thing that would be appropriate on the Academia or College/University Life proposals, I'm not sure. Or if you are able to access Physics Chat, you could bring it up there. Otherwise, I'd suggest the academic guidance forum of Physics Forums. –  David Z Oct 23 '11 at 3:27
they won't let me ask in physics chat because I don't have a reputation of 20 : ( –  Bozostein Oct 23 '11 at 3:38
Nothing in this question is specific to physics. Note-taking in general is a practice shared across all academic disciplines, and it would be difficult to frame a question about it in a way which makes it appropriate for this site. As for the chat requirements: you can accumulate reputation by posting questions or answers which other people consider good enough to upvote. –  David Z Oct 23 '11 at 5:53

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