I've been skimming some upper level (undergrad) math texts, and I have a feeling I'm in for a big surprise. Up until now I've been able to just glance at a question and understand how to get to the solution, and sometimes figure it out on the spot. As math becomes more symbolic, I feel as though I can't just look at a question and figure it out, the symbols are freaking meaningless. I actually have to ... understand? the question, to the point where reading the question itself seems to be half the battle. Does anyone have tips on how to get past the at-a-glance method of solving? It works for now, but I fear that it won't work for long.