Now, this may seem an odd time for me to post - I mean, it's just after 6am (and to be honest, I've just woken up). But I think this is important, so today, I'd like to write a little about some of the resources I use when I study.
Particularly some resources, developed by MIT Open Course Ware - and a lecturer named Herbert Gross.
So, sometimes when I study, I get stuck. It's natural, not all things are easy, so sometimes you just need a little step or two to help you out.
Personally, sometimes I hit trouble on one of my subjects at Uni - Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus. That is likely my fault - I stopped attending after the first week, because I just couldn't understand what the lecturer was lecturing about (I was sidetracked playing Jetpack Joyride when I got a bit stuck).
Now, after I stopped attending that class, I knew that I'd need to try something radical to help me to understand. When I get lost, or confused, I get stuck in a deep rut. I'm one of those that asks all sorts of questions off of the same basis and doesn't get to one solution very easily.
So, when I was sitting there, trying to figure out what to do - I thought I'd take a look at MIT Open Course Ware (when I was lurking about on my iPad (iTunes U for the win!). Now, they release a lot of free videos (MIT is a really good uni), from many of their courses, designed to help students that want to learn.
I checked out some of their maths stuff - and I found a series of videos called 'Calculus Revisited'. Topics that I needed help with were right there. Which was great, and incredibly useful.
Now, my style of learning is a bit obscure. The older the video, the more I tend to understand it. So I watched these videos, and while I didn't get them at first, after a little while, I understood the concepts a bit more. It came at a good time, too - I applied the knowledge that I had learned to my assignments, and attained a mark of 90%.
Believe it or not, the lecturer who made the resources that I study with made them back in the 70's. His name is Herbert Gross, and today, I'd like to share to you his website.
Herb made the resources for MIT Open Course Ware a long time ago (by the order of nearly 40 years). One of the results of his website was a little thing called 'Adjective Noun Math'. What he's done, over the years, is add a lot of resources that he has made to help students with math. They vary from some basic Algebra to the explanation of harder mathematics topics, like Vector Calculus and Linear Algebra.
I thought today, that I'd say thanks for his help, and share his site with everyone (it's also on the Blogroll). Make sure you check it out, you might just find something useful! 🙂
So, check it out - you may learn something new, 🙂
All the best,