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Ivan Seeking
May15-05, 10:15 PM
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I guess I should add this. I think most people would agree that most learning takes place while doing homework problems. How many self-learners test and drill themselves? Also, since there is no guidance, much of the learning can be much less efficient than in a structured setting. Also, there is a big difference between learning for fun or keeping up on current events, and claiming to "learn" the subject. For example, every few years I go on a physics binge and read the lastest books, but I don't claim to be "studying" String Theory. In this context, "studying" involves mostly equations, not english. If you understand ST, you could translate the equations into english, and like Feynman said, explain it to your mother. But this would not make your mother an expert.