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Nyargh! Brain Melting

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Fergal1982, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    I just spent the last 45 mins trying to explain calculating percentages. I had to give up in the end, as she was just not getting it.

    I was trying to show her how to add n%, subtract n%, Calculate the base when you know the total and the percentage, etc, using decimals: A system I find far easier to understand and grasp.

    Does anyone else have difficulty grasping why someone simply cant get something when you just get it? I find that im amazed when I explain something in the simplest terms and am met with blank stares. I know it happens all the time (hell, i can even be on the other side), but I just find that I have to constantly remind myself that not everyone can grasp the concepts that I do, and vice versa.:blink
     
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  2. Fergal1982

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    ummm..... should i point out that this was to my other half? Missed that bit out.
     
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  3. wizard

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    I was going to ask but I thought I'd just leave you to continue rambling to yourself :twisted:
     
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  4. Mathematix

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    When people have problems grasping concepts it's usually because they lack the foundation to understand. Does your other half have problems with fractions?
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    Yeah I can get pissed off when someone doesn't get something that I find simple.

    But I also realise that I don't know everything and find some things very hard.

    Maths is my weakest point, I can do binary and simple algorithms but anything above that just goes over my head.

    I have always been a bit more hands on in life, I could programme the VCR to record a weeks worth of TV when I was 7 but could'nt do my 7 times tables.

    Now

    I can explain very simply what Hi def tv is and how its better than normal digital but I can understand that someone isn't going get past it when I try to explain to them the difference in the amount of pixels and dots and how it compresses them etc
     
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    Not in the least. It happens to me all the time. It has to do with how our brains are wired and the fact that we are all wired differently.
     
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    Just to add to my other post, I had to do extra maths at College and Uni when I was doing my IT courses because I was a bit of a tard when it came to maths.

    In the end I had to do an AS level in Maths at uni which was more based around algorithms to compliment my C++ and ASP modules.

    Numbers come to me very slowly but given time I can work it out, just don't give me any Einstein quality questions.
     
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  8. Fergal1982

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    She does a little I suppose. To be honest though, I've never really been able to get to grips with fractions myself either.

    I dont know what it is, I appreciate that everyone manages different things differently, but i still get surprised when someone doesnt grasp what just seems to be natural to me. Its a weird feeling.
     
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  9. Theprof

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    I've been in the same situation as you fergal quite a few times. I know excatly how frustrating that could be but the more we get angry the less the other person is motivated to learn.
     
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  10. Mathematix

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    SOS Math to the rescue! :biggrin
     
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  11. Jakamoko
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    Don't try m8 - if it gets to that stage, it's just not meant to be !! :dry


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    It's often the same with IP subnetting. What makes the lightbulb turn on for one person will leave someone else completely clueless. It takes juuuuust the right explanation to make everything clear. And then you wonder why it seemed so difficult before! :)
     
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  13. Arroryn
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    I have a phrase I use. When I'm having problems getting my other half to understand something, I always use it. And, like a magic switch, everything becomes clear. The end phrase is this:

     
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  14. Fergal1982

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    yeah, see men cant use that argument. women know its a bluff from the word go.
     
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    I always have fun explaining print and lithography to glorified comms managers who really couldn't give a stuff about it, which always ends in me needing a bloody good gin to get over it. And as for explaining resolutions to people supplying me images nicked off the net that they want reproduced in a glossy magazine, forget it.

    Truth is, both of these concepts are very easy to understand, but it's because people don't want to know as it is not part of their everyday role, despite the fact the extra knowledge would make their processes more stramlined and save them money. I imagine it's the same with you guys and users who make the same IT errors every time becuase they simply won't bloody listen and retain

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  16. BosonMichael
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    Yeah... that works when you use it on me, too... :unsure

    Wait, did I say that out loud? :oops:

    By the way... you'd make a GREAT instructor. Your class would LOVE you. :thumbleft
     
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