How to learn something new- teach a ten year old!

Teaching a ten year old!

I’ve started a personal mission quite recently to master maths that I would have taken at A level if I’d done those. It’s a lot easier to learn algebra if one has done some programming; it’s a lot easier to appreciate.

However, its easier to understand just what you understand when you teach it to a ten year old. Especially when said ten year old only needs maybe fifteen minutes of a pen and paper explanation to just get it.

The ten year old, he’s my nephew and some teachers who love their jobs,will love teaching him. As for me, maybe I can pinch some reflected glory as he becomes a top scientist or something?

A few weeks back, we covered sets, differential calculus – power rule, list comprehensions and transposition ciphers. As I said, he’s quick! I’m teaching, it clarifies ones own understanding because somehow there’s a need to see the other guy ‘get it’. That driver alone can deepen intuition and open up a new way to see the world. I guess if you want to understand something, try teaching it!
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