Hi all, I’m studying Physics in Canada. Overall, I have pretty good grades and I am working very hard for it (I’m studying a lot – even my girlfriend thinks I’m studying way too much). I often go see my instructors/T.A. to get some help. However, when I receive a new assignment, I often browse the Internet to find the solution to the problems. And I don’t like this. I never copy the solutions I find. Rather, I take the time to understand the solution, think about it a lot, read another time the appropriate chapters in my book and then, I compose the solution on my own sheet, and it seems very different than the solution I found. Later, I can explain to other students the solution, and explain why “that other way around” doesn’t work. But, I do not feel OK with myself, as the inspiration to my solutions doesn’t come from me, but rather from the solution found (or, if I can’t find it, from some friends who are just really good). I don’t seem to be able to find the solutions by myself. I did this in many courses, including Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Classical Mechanics […]. The rate of problems solved by me is very low As I say, I do not feel OK with myself when I search solutions. Furthermore, when I’ll take more advanced courses, finding solutions will probably be tougher. And, as I want to be a researcher in physics, there’s no way the solutions to my research will be found on the Internet. I searched on the Internet on the way to solve physics problems. Each time, it’s the same : read again the appropriate chapters, try to find out the “good” equations, etc. But sometime, I just don’t know how to APPLY what I read to solve the problems. Out of desperation, I read about five books of quantum mechanics (Gasiorowicz, Griffiths, Liboff, Sakurai and Cohen-Tannoudji) to better understand the subject, but still, I _CAN’T_ find the way to apply what I know to solve problems. Also, please note that my memory is just very poor. What I want to ask is : do you have any tips to stop using solutions manual? And you, what do you to when you confront a problem you don’t seem to have any idea on how to solve it, even after reading again the appropriate chapter? What do you do in these situations? How to you apply what you just learned to solve new problems?