What is Self-studying: Definition and 69 Discussions

A self-report study is a type of survey, questionnaire, or poll in which respondents read the question and select a response by themselves without interference. A self-report is any method which involves asking a participant about their feelings, attitudes, beliefs and so on. Examples of self-reports are questionnaires and interviews; self-reports are often used as a way of gaining participants' responses in observational studies and experiments.
Self-report studies have validity problems. Patients may exaggerate symptoms in order to make their situation seem worse, or they may under-report the severity or frequency of symptoms in order to minimize their problems. Patients might also simply be mistaken or misremember the material covered by the survey.

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  1. Ahmed1029

    What chapters can I skip when self-studying Griffiths electrodynamics?

    I'm currently studying Griffiths electrodynamics on my own and I want to be done with it once and for all. I however don't know if all the chapters are important for the rest of physics and which ones can be skipped without loss of continuity. Can someone give me some insight?
  2. Z

    Other Best resources for self-studying math from K-12?

    Hi, everyone! I'm planning on teaching myself math all the way back from the basics, up to high school stuff. It has been a long time since I studied math. I've never been a great student back in school. I daydreamed most of the time, and when it came to math, I always rote learned and...
  3. bigmike94

    Need to cut back on the time I spend self-studying each Intro Mechanics chapter

    These are all the chapters for introductory mechanics in my textbook. What I have been doing is reading the chapter then following it up with watching a tonne of lectures and worked examples on that topic and attempting to do the problems. I’m on Applying Newton’s laws and I’ve been studying it...
  4. S

    Studying Advice for a Self-Studying AP Physics 1/2 Student?

    Hi! Feel free to yell at me if this is the wrong forum; I'm a little new at this. I'm self-studying AP Physics 1 and 2 this year, and so far it's going quite well! My only fear is that, because I don't have a specific AP Physics teacher, there may be something really important about the...
  5. Passers_by

    Help for self-studying physics

    How did you find PF?: The Internet search I tend to forget the proofs of theorems, the derivations of formulas and the content of equations in books. What should I do?
  6. Somaiyah

    Resources for self-studying PDEs

    Summary:: I'm looking for some resources to study PDEs. Hello everyone, I'm a sophomore majoring in Physics and this semester I am taking a course on Mathematical Methods focusing on PDEs and I'm really struggling in the course. Can someone suggest some resources to self-study PDEs? The...
  7. Mayhem

    Linear Algebra Schaum's Outline for self-studying mathematics

    Does anyone have experience with using these books for learning mathematics? I'm particularly looking at the one on linear algebra. The fact that there are countless practice problems with solutions is a selling point. Also, this book in particular sells for like 1/4 of the price of a proper...
  8. Silveresquemania

    Studying Self-studying physics in preparation for learning astrophysics on my own

    I have the ultimate goal of self-studying astrophysics and cosmology just for personal interest and fulfillment. I've taken introductory mechanics and electromagnetism with some modern physics in university, but at the time, I slacked off and didn't really learn the material well. I am...
  9. A

    Any good books on artificial intelligence for self-studying?

    Summary:: what are some good books they recommend on the topic? thanks in advance
  10. N

    Studying Self-Studying Electrodynamics- Am I doing it correctly?

    So I am self-studying electrodynamics using Wangsness' Electromagnetic Fields textbook. Now, I have completed till chapter 21 (Maxwell's Equations). From the electrostatics part, out of the total end chapter problems for each chapter, I was able to solve all excluding 2 or 3. That is, if there...
  11. A

    Studying Self-studying plan for modern science

    Hey guys, I want to build a strong and straight plan for my next years of studying and once finish I am able to do something on my own and come up with crazy ideas and actually test them, build some awesome algorithms, all that cool stuff, but I'm kinda stumble so it would be nice if someone...
  12. Abdelkader

    Studying Advice about Self-Studying Physics

    I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering. When I was 10 years old, I disassembled the computer by my self, I was fascinated by what I saw Inside (Motherboards, computer chips...). From that day I decided to study about computer chip; Mainly about how they were made, how do they works, and...
  13. F

    Studying Study Physics: Self-Studying Tips for B.S. in ME & PhD in Nanotech

    I have a B.S. in Mechanical Enginerring and I am almost done with a PhD in Nanotechnology. Through these years I realized I really like physics and I would like to learn mmore advanced physics than the one I know so far. I would like to know how to study physics. My plan is to follow the...
  14. E

    Quantum Textbook recommendations for self-studying QM

    I have a Physics degree, 1970, Durham University, England. I am semi- retired and have been re-studying using a modern text: Sears and Zemansky's University Physics updated by Young & Freedman. This has been brilliant. Plenty examples, questions and answers , ideal for self-study. I want to move...
  15. D

    Studying Is this math book enough for self-studying undergrad physics?

    I'm talking about "Mathematical Tools for Physics by James Nearing". https://www.amazon.com/dp/048648212X/?tag=pfamazon01-20 it seems it cover lots of math... but it feels like it's just a reference book.. will it be enough? or should i get more specialized books to learn each subject thoroughly?
  16. K

    Intro Physics High School Physics and Math books for self-studying?

    I have had around 2 year gap after finishing high school. The last 2 years of high school (11th and 12th grade where calculus, coordinate geometry, straight lines, circles, vectors, functions, quadratics, polynomials, probability, permutation etc. are taught here) , I barely studied and some how...
  17. I

    Should I Use College Physics for Self-Studying: Algebra or Calculus Based?

    Hi, my name is "Bob" I have a particular question about a specific book. Preface... It has been a while since I formally studied Physics. The type of Physics book I remember using last was I believe, Algebra-based. This was in high school. Based on my degree, I studied Algebra and Trigonometry...
  18. A

    MHB Reference request for self-studying multiple Riemann integrals

    As the title says, I would like to self-study multivariable real analysis (integration, specifically; the Riemann integral) and I need some recommendations (resources, books, videos, ...). I'm from Croatia and got my hands on some Croatian notes about multivariable real analysis so if some of...
  19. T dawg

    Studying Can self-studying be fulfilling and effective?

    I'm about to transfer from a community college over to a university this semester for physics. I've completed all lower division physics and math courses and of course, I missed the deadline to apply for vast majority of physics related internships I could get. Add to that the fact that there...
  20. jamalkoiyess

    Quantum Is Landau's non-relativistic QM a good resource for self-studying?

    Hello there, So I just finished a course on Qm with Griffiths but the teacher was not the best, to say the least. I disliked the book too and its kind of childish or funny way of presenting stuff. During the summer break I want to go over QM again but with a better book and by myself. I loved...
  21. C

    Studying How Many Problems to Do When Self-Studying Physics?

    I looked around for where this question might already be answered (or at least addressed; I'm not sure there is any "one" answer), but, finding none, I decided to ask it myself. For someone self-studying physics, is it necessary to do all the problems in the textbook being used? (I'm using...
  22. gibberingmouther

    How Much Physics Can You Feasibly Learn When Self-Studying?

    i started out learning physics for fun with maxwell's equations because partially i wanted to expand my understanding of electronics. i spiderwebbed around on the internet trying to learn the math to understand the equations. i learned some things but i still didn't have it all down before i...
  23. G

    Studying Self-Studying Scientific Computing for future graduate study

    I like to start a graduate program in scientific computing within the next 4-5 years, once my kids are a little older, my wife finishes her degree, and I have more money saved. In the meantime, I’m not going to waste time. Using the MIT challenge completed by Scott Young as inspiration, I’ve...
  24. B

    Intro Physics Reading plan for self-studying parallel to classes

    Hi, I'm currently in "gymnasiet" in Denmark, which I understand is similar to high school in the US. It's what gives you access to universities, so to speak. After "gymnasiet", which I'm done with summer 2019, I'm planning on going to university for a physics degree. I'm currently taking...
  25. amjad-sh

    Studying Self-studying quantum mechanics

    Hello. I'm studying quantum mechanics by my own. I'm targeting to be a condensed matter physicist. What is the best way to grasp the concepts as fast as possible,and what should I do to become a good physicist in the near future? Thanks. Note: I've got a bachelor degree in physics but I stopped...
  26. B

    Studying How to Learn both Differential Geometry and Relativity?

    Dear Physics Forum personnel, Is it possible to learn differential geometry simultaneously while learning the relativity and gravitation? I have been reading Weinberg's book (currently in Chapter 02), but I believe that modern research in relativity is heavily based on the differential...
  27. micromass

    Insights Problems with Self-Studying - Comments

    micromass submitted a new PF Insights post Problems with Self-Studying Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  28. W

    Studying Self-Study Biology: Textbooks & Courses for Beginners

    Hello, I want to learn biology from stratch for a hobby, I never studied it in school good enough so I want to do it now, should I go through entire Campbell Biology to grasp basic stuff? I want to note that I want to focus on bioinformatics as I progress One more thing to note is that I want...
  29. Mastermind01

    What should I do next after completing an introductory programming course?

    Hello, So I'm in high school and I wanted to self-study programming. In summer I completed the course Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python on edX . I really liked it. I was wondering what I should do next and from where? Should I learn a different language (C , C++ and...
  30. entropy1

    Self-Study Quantum Mechanics: Can I Do It w/ Poor Math Skills?

    Whole my life I have been interested in Quantum Physics. I have a bachelor degree in IT. I did not finish my studies. I have always been quite sloppy in studying in school. As a result, my mathematics skills are terrible. I often get pointed out on this forum that I better start with the...
  31. V

    Problem in Self-Studying Calculus

    Hello fellow science enthusiasts! I will start by describing my problem. I am majoring in Computer Science. More importantly, I am taking a course in Single Variable Calculus I. We are using the textbook written by Stewart: Calculus Early Transcendentals. And as I continue read through it...
  32. Wazkey

    Self-studying vs Class lectures

    Which one do you think that is more efficient? I think that lecturers, from the fact of being humans, commit more mistakes than books when they give information because they can forget to transmit important details. Books are written carefully in order to be easy to understand, what's said was...
  33. B

    Studying How to study multiple textbooks per math subject?

    Dear Physics Forum personnel, I am a college sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. I apologize for this sudden interruption but I wrote this email to seek your advice regarding to utilizing multiple textbooks per mathematical field. I always thought that...
  34. B

    Foundations Seeking Your Advice on Pre-Calculus Books Selection

    Dear Physics Forum personnel, I wrote this email because I am seeking a recommendation on selecting the pre-calculus textbooks. I have been studying the real analysis and number theory, and I felt that I need to brush up the algebra, functions, trigonometry, and geometry. So I decided to...
  35. B

    Calculus Why "Transition Books (Apostol, Spivak)" are necessary?

    Dear Physics Forum friends, Why so many people recommend Spivak, Apostol, and Courant calculus textbooks, especially as a preparation toward the advanced courses like analysis and abstract algebra? Are they really necessary? I have been studying Apostol's Mathematical Analysis, Rudin's PMA...
  36. micromass

    Studying Share self-studying mathematics tips

    Are you self-studying mathematics? Do you have any questions on how to handle it? Anything you want to share? Do so here!
  37. B

    Self-Studying: Theoretical Calculus vs Analysis

    Dear Physics Forum advisers, I am a sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology; my current computational/mathematical biology research got my interested in the mathematics, particularly the Analysis and Algebra, and led me to start with calculus II (computational aspect)...
  38. B

    Self-studying Physics with a math background

    Hi everyone, I've been interested in self-studying physics for a while now but I really have no idea what's the best to tackle first in terms of subject matter (mechanics, e&m, etc.) or what textbooks are conducive to self study. I'm currently a grad student in a math program, and I've taken...
  39. T

    Fluid mechanics self-studying book

    I am a mechanical engineering undergrad and i am currently trying to study fluid mechanics but the books i tried are not sufficient enough in my opinion. I read the first three chapters of Fluid Mechanics : Fundamentals and applications by Cengel and Cimbala, and Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics...
  40. Vahsek

    How not to get bored when self-studying?

    Hello PF, I hope that I'm not repeating an old thread; I've searched for this thread in here, and could not find any. So, on to my problem then: I've been self-studying from a few math textbooks for a while now. But, the problem is that I quickly get bored while working through the...
  41. S

    Mastering Self-Studying: Tips for Understanding Algebra Without Lectures

    Hello, I've been studying physics in college for 1 year now and so far I haven't had much difficulties on math subjects (such as calculus and linear algebra). This semester I decided to study some of algebra and I've been having some difficulties reading the book and understanding all by my...
  42. N

    Self-Study Physics: Get Resources & Books for Success

    Hello,I just finished high-school (sixth form in the UK) and I will start studying Mathematics and Economics course at university soon. I enjoyed physics a lot in high school (almost chose to study it at uni) and therefore don't want to stop learning about it. How can I self study physics...
  43. N

    Any recommendtions for self-studying physics?

    I'm currently finishing my grade 11 year of high school and I have hopes of attending one of the prestigious schools in the US such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, etc. I would love to be able to study physics in university and, since my school's physics courses are lacking any significant...
  44. M

    Help with Self-Studying Taylor Classical Mechanics

    I decided to self-study intermediate mechanics and chose Taylor Classical Mechanics as my textbook (not looking for alternate textbook suggestions because I like Taylor). Anyways I have a couple questions. Just to give you an idea of my background, I'm in AP Physics C but we finished mechanics a...
  45. P

    Self-Studying Physics for High School Seniors: Textbook Suggestions

    I'm a senior in high school and dislike the way physics is taught. I find the textbooks to be too watered down and lacking in mathematical rigor. My plan is to major in physics when I go to college, so I've decided to self study physics in my spare time. I've browsed around the forums here...
  46. V

    Self-studying math to physics?

    Hi, i am a thirteen year old boy who has a great interest in math and physics. I was just wondering how can i learn myself math (Trigonometry,pre-calc etc.) all the way to solving some physics problems at a certain level?
  47. I

    Advice for self-studying physics?

    I'm currently a senior in high school and I've been interested in self studying physics. I've picked up self studying since last year and have been going through various undergraduate introductory textbooks such as Goldstein and Griffiths for mechanics and EM. What exactly is the best way to...
  48. C

    Book(s) for Self-Studying Probability & Statistics

    What are some good texts for self-studying probability & statistics?
  49. R

    Studying Is self-studying advanced physics a silly idea?

    Hello everybody. I am considering teaching myself physics in spare time, starting from college physics and multivariable calculus, to a level that I can understand most of the research papers on GR, QFT and cosmology. There are some obstacles that I can foresee: 1. I will certainly get...
  50. rohanprabhu

    Studying Wishing to spend 1 year self-studying physics

    Hi all, I am a Computer Science graduate [or will be in 2012] and am planning to do my post graduate studies in Computer Science itself, because programming has always been my passion. At the same time, I joined physics forums during my high school years where I participated in topics related...