Stress Free Study

OK, OK. I can’t tell students that memorizing, rote practice, and taking tests will be stress free. At the very least, it is exhausting work. And I don’t want to tell everyone about relaxing physical exercise, breathing, and meditation to do before a test. But I want to investigate, and it is a big project, the value of study and how study changes both the individual and society for the better. Ideally, study should always reveal the truth, and the truth builds morality and good ethics because it teaches proper relationships between things.

我不能告诉学生背诵、死记硬背和参加考试是没有压力的。至少,这是一项累人的工作。我不想告诉每个人在考试前要做的放松的体育锻炼、呼吸和冥想。但我想调查一个大项目:学习的价值以及学习如何使个人和社会都变得更好。理想情况下,学习应该总是揭示真理,真理建立道德和良好的伦理,因为它教导事物之间的实际关系。

When I went to university, I was completely overwhelmed by Geology 101. It was extremely challenging, and I could not see any use for it in my life. Gradually though, as I improved, I began to appreciate the secrets of what was inside the earth and on its surface, and it felt cool to be able to look at some rocks and know whether they were igneous or sedimentary. Well, so what? Some people may ask this. But at the same time I took Geology I also took Philosophy. The philosophy teacher showed us a great wheel that showed how all the academic disciplines were related to each other. For instance, math is related to music, and both are related to language. Geology is even related to painting and sculpture (which of course is related to architecture)! So I could see that no matter what I studied, I would be learning other subjects as well. That was a very powerful lesson to me.

当我上大学的时候,我完全害怕地质学101。这是非常具有挑战性的,在我的生活中我看不到它的任何用处。不过,随着我的进步,我开始领略到地球内部和表面的秘密,能看到一些岩石,知道它们是火成岩还是沉积岩,我觉得很酷。好吧,那么关心这个?有些人可能会问这个问题。但在我学习地质学的同时,我也学习哲学。哲学老师向我们展示了一个巨大的轮子,它展示了所有的学科是如何相互联系的。例如,数学与音乐有关,两者都与语言有关。地质学甚至与绘画和雕塑有关(当然与建筑有关)!所以我可以看到,不管我学什么,我也会学习其他科目。这对我来说是一个非常有力的教训。

And here is an interesting fact. I took an accounting course in university. I thought I would hate it and it would be extremely difficult but I loved it! A year later I took a statistics course. I thought that it would be very easy me as a social sciences major but it grueling and extremely difficult. I hated it! In fact, Statistics and poetry (can you believe it?) are the two courses I took in university that I still look back on negatively. And I love poetry! However, I did learn something very important in Statistics: it is easy to be fooled by probabilities. Just because something has a high probability does not mean it will happen or is true. I learned objectivity and I also learned patience.

这是一个有趣的事实。我在大学里修过会计学课程。我原以为我会讨厌它,这会非常困难,但我喜欢它!一年后,我上了一门统计学课程。作为一名社会科学专业的学生,我觉得这很容易,但这很辛苦,也非常困难。我讨厌它!事实上,统计和诗歌(你能相信吗?)我在大学里修的这两门课我还是消极地回顾。即使我喜欢读诗,我也讨厌学诗!然而,我确实从统计学中学到了一些非常重要的东西:很容易被概率愚弄。仅仅因为某件事有很高的可能性并不意味着它会发生或者是真的。我学会了客观性,也学会了耐心。

So I guess my message about ‘stress free ‘ study is that quite often study is stressful. And if it were not stressful, our minds would not grow. So like all good things, there is always work involved. There is an amazing feeling when we suddenly comprehend something that we could not understand for years. And I never studied cosmology or astrophysics in university but they are both two of my favorite topics today. Ideally, your education now is just the starting point of a lifelong curiosity about the world and the universe in which we live.

所以我想我关于“无压力”学习的信息是,学习经常是有压力的。如果没有压力,我们的思想就不会成长。就像所有的好事一样,总是有工作要做。当我们突然领悟到多年来我们无法理解的东西时,会有一种奇妙的感觉。大学里我从来没有学过宇宙学和天体物理学,但它们都是我今天最喜欢的两个话题。理想情况下,你现在的教育只是对我们所生活的世界和宇宙的终身好奇的起点。

 

 

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