Albert Fuglsang-Madsen

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Need Help to Studying

Hello TED'ers,

This summer I have finished my College-ish level school in Denmark, and I'm concerned as to keeping my studies up in maths, physics and biotechnology during the year, seeing as I start in University next year.

I could really use some suggestions as to how to keep my intellectuel level up and continue studying -- The challenge is just that for the first time in my life, I'm not related to any kind of professionally supervised education, so what do I do?

Where can I find relevant material, any good books (that are up to date), online-classes, youtube people, TED-Ed or other ways to keep learning in scientific orientation?

  • Jul 5 2013: Here is a pretty cool site:

    You might bounce around and look at some of the subjects offered here and see what appeals to you.

    You might consider te break a chance to go back through what you have learned and fill in any holes. Was there a topic you were a bit unclear on? Did you correct any mistakes you made in your course work? Did your teacher have to skip some sections in the book that you wanted to cover? Here is your opportunity.

    Perhaps you might benefit from this exercise. Suppose YOU were charged with selecting the text book for next year in all your subjects. What would you do differently than the author of your text books? How would you make it better? What discoveries, changes in politics, historic events, or new ideas would you include to stay current? Why do you think the author made his selections? Who was your author? What was his background?

    Perhaps another exercise would be, YOU are to be the instructor next year. What would you do to make the course more interesting, yet cover the same basic material? How would you better integrate your class with other classes?

    Finally, What questions did you have about the material that were left unanswered? Are these topics you could investigate on your own and perhaps seek out answers from experts on-line?

    Here is a neat math site:
    Here is a neat life sciences site:
    Here is a neat science and nature site:
    Here is a neat physics site:

    I think if you are satisfied that your preparation for University is adequate, then look at these sites and do you own investigation into the questions YOU think need to be answered. Maybe you can answer them, maybe by just thinking about the question you are more receptive to the answers you will get next year.

    I like Ed's advice below as well, relax and enjoy the summer as well!
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      Jul 5 2013: Perfect, thank you :) I'm not so much concerned about what I have learned - It's more the fact that I wanna learn new subjects that interests me. Thanks a lot for the advices and websites :)
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    Jul 5 2013: My first recommendation would be edX. It has the feel of a university classroom and provides structure if you need it.

    The electricity and magnetism class offered by MITx is a great physics offering by one of the top physics teachers in the world.

    What you might do in math depends on what your last class was.
  • Jul 6 2013: I had the experience of self guided learning when I was young. The method was to sharpen the way to learn in fastest pace and not getting bored. I studied lot of fields and disciplines while I held a full time job, but I still slept or rested no less than 9 hours a day.
    I just posted a comment in the attached TED Discussion (still active) as follows. If you are interested, then please go there and read it. One of the suggestions is similar to what Raymond suggested, but I really didn't recommend that you play chess, only that you should use the principle of foreseeing 3 or 4 steps ahead in your head without laying your hands on the chessmen or the board, like a good chess player could.

    "Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?"
    Started by Oliver Kennett,

    Expires in 4d 12h 24m
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    Jul 5 2013: Play chess
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    Jul 5 2013: do a youtube search for stanford university. they have a number of good lecture series on many math/physics subjects.

    i went through the general relativity lecture twice, and now i have an idea how general relativity works. how cool is that?
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    Jul 5 2013: I always think it's good to find out where words came from. When I read a new term in science, and there are many of them, I try to find out how people came up with that word, this makes learning more meaningful as the words aren't just noise, you understand that they have a whole history and logic.

    As one example of millions, the word "acid" comes from the Latin "acere," "to be sour."
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    Jul 5 2013: Relax. Ejoy your break. The educators have a lesson plan prepared for your arrival next year. If you have qualified for admission then you are fully prepared and qualified to begin your university education. To help keep your brain going get intimately familiar with the "Physics Academic Outline" from BarCharts, Inc. 1-800-230-9522,
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      Jul 5 2013: Thanks for your reply Edward, but I'm not so much concerned about not being prepared properly next year - The thing is I like learning, and I'd like to improve in those subjects. I have got absolute top grades, but I want to know more, y'know? I find it interesting.
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        Jul 5 2013: Excellent attitude young man! Study, observe with humility, question, learn, relax and recreate, enjoy, wear sunscreen. All the best.