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Why do we do (homework) problems?

  1. Oct 6, 2014 #1
    It isn't until recently that I have really taken to heart the idea of really understanding and doing homework problems. I feel like I'm learning at a much more controlled pace if I work along with problems in a book (example: solving them before reading the solution), but aside from this, is there any real value to doing homework problems? I have looked up any evidence regarding increased performance by doing problems and returned with nothing on an initial search. Is solving problems the truly best way to learn a subject? What evidence is there for this?

    This may be an uninteresting question, but I really want to know if it's beneficial at all or not to solve a ton of problems pertaining to a subject.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014
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  3. Oct 6, 2014 #2


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  4. Oct 6, 2014 #3
    Thanks for the response.
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    How is this "performance" measured?
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