Hi everyone, I've finished the first week of my summer research internship, and I think I desperately need help. I very naively had thought I had "mastered" the art of learning after repeatedly raking in high marks in my courses, but now I feel like I'm completely out of my league and don't deserve to be where I am. I almost literally got nothing done in my first week. I'm completely lost in the papers I've been assigned to read and cannot go from step 1 to step 2 in the calculations I've been asked to try (I've gone back to one of my supervisors to ask about the same calculation twice - I can't go back a third time with nothing done!). I don't feel like I'm learning what I should be and I don't know what I'm supposed to do. At the same time, I don't want to go bother my supervisors about every little problem because I don't want them thinking I'm dumb (which I am, it's still a mystery to me how I got where I am) or lazy or without initiative. It's not even new stuff (they asked me to calculate an integral which I have NO idea how to do - it's the most difficult thing I've ever seen, and I can't even follow similar calculations). I feel like I'm very much out of my league, disappointing my supervisors (Read: no future reference letters) and I don't know what to do. It's one thing to study out of a book with supplementary notes and problem sets, and it's another thing completely to get familiar with the conventions of the field when you don't even know what you don't know. What kind of advice can you give me about the research experience? Learning from papers, interacting with supervisors, organizing myself (I have very, very, very bad organizational skills - they get me through the term when everything is basically spoon fed to you, whereas after a week here I'm already drowning in papers and spurious calculations)? It's been a week in and I already feel anxious and depressed! This is supposed to be the most exciting experience of my undergraduate career and I've been looking forward to it since well before I enrolled in University, but it's already killing me! Help!