(These steps are only for not understanding the text. If the problem is that you understand the text but have a negative reaction to it, then close this window and click the "Negative reaction" link instead.)
Do the following steps in this order until you have resolved the difficulty:
It usually helps to keep this window open while working on a step to make sure you are following the instructions properly. Just close it when you are done.
- It is assumed that you have had enough sleep; enough food; you're not under the influence of drugs or alcohol; not weak from illness; and not with your attention fixated heavily on something or splattered all over the universe. In other words, you should be in a fit state to study this valuable course. If the problem is coming from the fact that you're tired, or drunk, or have your attention tied up in a fight with someone five minutes ago, then the steps below aren't going to work. In this case, come back to this course when you have sorted out the situation and are in a better condition to study.
- If you haven't already done this, re-read the paragraph carefully. Sometimes it just needs to be read a time or two more to become clear. If it becomes obvious that there is a word or phrase you do not fully get, then clear it up in a dictionary or online reference before continuing. If this happens while doing a later step, immediately clear it up then too. You should brighten up on spotting the word or phrase you don't understand. Note that this occurs on simply spotting it, but you must also look up the definition in the context it is being used, and then use it in enough sentences of your own creation to make it your own and fully understand it.
- Read the paragraph ALOUD so you can hear your own words, paying attention to the meaning of each word or phrase. Stumbling over words usually indicates a word or phrase is misunderstood, although the misunderstanding can occur before the stumble does. If you attention is on the paragraph at the outset, but you suddenly notice it has started to wander, go back to just before it started to wander and look for a word or phrase you don't fully get.
- Demo out the entire paragraph, sentence by sentence, concept by concept. You don't have to do it word by word, although you can if you feel you must. The purpose of this step is that if you understand the concept(s) expressed by a sentence perfectly, you will have no difficulty in doing the demo(s) using the usual stick-figures etc. Let's say there are 5 sentences in a paragraph, and you can demo the first three fine but have difficulty with the fourth. Then look in that fourth sentence, or possibly near or at the end of the third sentence, for a word or phrase you don't fully understand.
- If there is nothing obviously in this paragraph that you don't get, but you still feel foggy, look earlier in the text, at the previous paragraph or paragraphs, and see if there is something earlier that you did not fully get. The principle is to go back to a point where you are certain you were doing well, then come forward from there. You should brighten up when looking over a prior section that you fully understood, and stay bright and shiny as you continue on reading paragraphs you understand. The moment your attention starts to wander, or you start to feel not quite so bright and shiny, look immediately prior for a word or phrase you don't fully get. The word or phrase you didn't fully get will be at the exact end of the place where you were bright and shiny. This does not say keep reading getting duller and duller and hope it will magically clear up. :). Look at the tail end of where you were bright and shiny.
- It is assumed that you were doing well at some point in studying this course, so you will always have a point in this course where you can do Step 5, be bright, and come forward from there looking for something you didn't fully get. If this is not the case, then the same principle of finding a point you were doing well and work forward from there will still apply, but it can be more complicated if you were doing well 17 years ago but ran into trouble at some time since and you're not sure when. It is possible that what is hanging up your understanding lies outside of this course. Is this the problem--you were doing fine but your attention is hung up on something not fully understood outside of this course? If you brighten up on this idea, go and clear up whatever it is, then come back to this course and see how it goes then.
- If it seems like there may be some False Data getting in the way, check it out using the PaulsRobot3 FDS module, and handle whatever you find. Remember that checking it out does not imply that there is false data in the way--maybe there is and maybe there isn't.
- Finally, if none of this really works, then look at your purpose for doing this course. If you really, REALLY want to get through this course, and achieve some big dream, then you will work it out some way or other to resolve the problem so that you DO understand the paragraph here!
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