Comments on Perseverance:
One source of confusion for students when they reach college and begin to do college-level mathematics is this: in high school, it is usually pretty apparent what formula or technique needs to be applied, as much of the material in high school is computational or procedural. In college, however, mathematics becomes more conceptual, and it is much harder to know what to do when you first start a problem. As a consequence of this, many students give up on a problem too early.
If you don’t immediately know how to attack a problem, this doesn’t mean you are stupid,
If you already know how to do it, it’s not really a problem.
or that you don’t understand what’s going on; that’s just how real problems work. After all, if you already know how to do it, it’s not really a problem, is it? You should
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