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That is usually how I motivate myself to learn, though. I realize how difficult the material is at the time and how little I understand it. Then I realize that in a week or two it wont be so bad and by the end of the quarter I will not have to think twice in order to use the material. I also like to open my textbooks and see how difficult they appear to be in the later chapters, all the while happy that that material will soon be under my control.

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The really important stuff keeps popping up over and over again.

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My experience was quite similar in math. I feel that I have a very in depth understanding of the concepts I learned in the first four semesters of calculus. But strangely enough, this is probably because I didn't take my math major too seriously. To quote my math advisor: "Arun, the reason you're getting good grades in math is because you take weak classes...at this rate you aren't going to get into graduate school." (little did he or I know that I'd end up going to grad school for physics instead of math). While all my peers were taking rigorous analysis and topology, I took advanced calculus, applied linear algebra, and complex analysis. So while all the other math majors were learning about important topics in mathematics, I was basically taking "calculus I for juniors."

Oh, and I also tutored physics and math my last year and a half of college. I'd recommend this to everyone; being forced to explain this stuff to others really gives you a special insight.

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