streawkceur

0Joined Jan 2022

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Seeking Math + Programming Accelerated Learning Advice

IMO, talking with someone experienced is very much worth it, even if only to understand better what to study in your situation. Or to get feedback on your exercise sheet write-ups.

Besides, I strongly recommend you find someone at your level who wants to learn these subjects as well, so you can meet regularly and discuss exercises/unclear points for free. Discussing your half-formed ideas is more fun and results in faster learning if you can unstick/learn by explaining to each other.

Some more points:

  1. The core of learning math and theoretical CS is doing exercises/working with the concepts in your mind, writing down your proofs, and getting hints/corrections from time to time, rather than reading, watching, or rote-memorizing something. The idea is that, while doing that, one processes the material enough to become comfortable with it...
  2. When learning a subject from the ground up, I prefer studying from lecture notes to studying a book for several reasons:
    1. They show how many "credit points" they are worth, so you roughly know how much time you'd spend on them. You can also get a better idea of the prerequisite knowledge.
    2. As mentioned by RyanCarey, studying all of a book hits diminishing returns. But making a good selection is hard to impossible - unless you are a professor preparing lecture notes.
    3. You get a better model of your knowledge after working through an entire lecture vs a part of a book. You can use this to understand what material you are ready for next, job interviews etc.

Active learning (as in brilliant.org) seems worth a try to me as well, but I don't know if it is comprehensive enough.

Usually, lecture notes are based on (and share notation with) one or a few books, which you can fall back on if you don't understand something.

I'd be happy to tutor you; I'll PM you more information about me :)