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I dont understand teachers Severe attention deficit help please!.

  1. Dec 15, 2011 #1
    I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    Hello.

    I am an electrical engineer student in the 1st year. In all classes, when the teacher is explaining i never get anything of what he is saying. The other people seem to understand well in classes. According to some psychometric test my attention fails hard, i have not made any further study but i think i have some sort of mental deficit in attention.

    I have survived math, physics, chemistry only becouse when im alone and have good books i am able to concentrate. But i feel im waisting time going classes instead of reading the book.

    Becouse i dont understand the teachers just the books. Can i get most of the career trough books and not depending on teachers?

    And maybe change to a more solitary career wich involves maths and physics but less team job becous i wont be able to focus for long period of times to what other people is explaining.

    Help please.
     
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  3. Dec 15, 2011 #2

    G01

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    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    Most scientific and engineering careers out there involve working with other people. Hoping in vain for a "lone wolf" style career will only hinder your professional development.

    Have you been actually diagnosed with a disorder? If not, perhaps you should make an appointment with a counselor or guidance official at your university in order to discuss these issues and perhaps be tested for a learning disability. Whether you are officially diagnosed or not, your guidance/academic advising office will be able to point you in the direction of resources that could dramatically help.

    Also, are you studying in your native language?
     
  4. Dec 15, 2011 #3
    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    Hi there,

    not paying attention because you believe that you're wasting your time is not attention deficit disorder. More like attention negligence. I feel the same way as you, and I have trouble concentrating all the time but I most certainly do not have a disorder.

    I can tell you what I do when I'm in a similar situation to you. I just bring the textbook to class, and if I'm fed up with the teaching style, or the prof is all over the place, I'll just read the textbook instead of listen to him.

    EDIT: Or her...although, I don't think I've ever had a female prof...
     
  5. Dec 15, 2011 #4

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    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    I've had peers who haven't turned up for an entire semester of classes, and still done rather well. However, they are extremely intelligent people (far and above even the type of people who do well in physics)

    However, I find that for some areas, or where your professor an expert in her field, there just isn't a decent textbook.

    Have you been formally diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder? If you are, (at least in the US, UK and Australia) the university is legally required to give you help.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2011 #5
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    Thanks for reply. Ill try to get an appointment with physcologist.

    There is nothing of that in my university is a third world country called "El Salvador"
     
  7. Dec 16, 2011 #6
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    Thanks for advice. Ill try to get a diagnosis to know the truth.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2011 #7
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    Hehe yeah not much "hot" female teachers. Ill take your advice mate
     
  9. Dec 16, 2011 #8
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    Third world country called "El Salvador" dont have any of that consederations.
     
  10. Dec 16, 2011 #9
    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    You have to at least pay attention in class and write down all of the example problems and how the teacher solves them.

    Then you need to find other resources: other students, or places online, like here, that will help you learn how to solve the problems.

    You can't miss what is covered in class. You have to force yourself to write down everything like it is a job.
     
  11. Dec 18, 2011 #10
    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    Not true.

    I always see a lot of people in class jotting everything down, while most of the time it is completely unnecessary. My aim is to make the least amount of notes possible, with the added benefit that you're actively filtering the information to retain the most crucial points.

    Anyway, most lecturers (if they're not good) are redundant, simply hashing over what is written in your book or course notes. In those cases I still go to class but take my book with me as advised by someone else in this thread. Whatever the teacher discusses in class I then regard as a bookmark to know what sections I should definitely read (to be on par with the exercise sessions and exam material)

    Note that I'm not advocating that you shouldn't take notes, but that it's up to you and that there is no reason at all that you should feel obligated to write anything down. I have a friend of mine who writes everything down in class and apparently that's the only way he can correctly digest what the teacher is telling: he can focus better if he simultaneously writes it down on his paper. I'm the reverse: having to write it down hinders my understanding, as I can't focus on doing a physical and mental task at the same time. It's a matter of taste and it's all perfectly okay :)

    That being said, maybe you're like my friend who can't understand it unless he writes it down? (as you complain about not understanding the teacher by just listening to him?)
     
  12. Dec 18, 2011 #11
    Re: I dont understand teachers!!! Severe attention deficit help please!.

    I could never understand anything in lecture. I write it all down so I can look at it latter. I'm doing okay. I don't see how people follow lectures when they move so fast. I'm doing reasonably well nonetheless.
     
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