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I love online studying. I put all videos on twice the speed. At first it's a little charring to listen, but I grew used to it in half an hour or so.

And it turns out, I need to be focused on what I am listening. Which means my mind doesn't wander.

And I finish 10 minutes of lecture in 5 minutes. So far, my test results have stayed the same.

So, if you're in the lucky position of having online lectures, try it. Time safer par excellence.

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    This plus energy drinks is how I learned React in a week. I’d do the tutorial project along with the 2x speed videos and often finish the features before the lecturer did. I felt like I was on speed most of the time!
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    @Root I remember sitting in a real world class and a new instructor coming in. He said we shouldn't worry if we don't understand what he was saying, we should just raise our hands and he goes slower.

    I argued, that's just harder for some. Because everyone has their personal speed and how difficult it is to follow the lecture is actually described by delta v from your personal speed to the lecture's speed no matter in which directions.

    He didn't take it well. He hated me from that day on... But I still believe that description is true.

    But I believe that online lectures with speed control allow you to get closer to your personal speed. I wonder if there are people out who understand it better at .75.
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    @TheCommoner282 I’m in standup right now, but that sounds very accurate. It’s extremely hard to follow something that’s slow — probably why I have trouble following people. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    I've found the increase in speed to be very helpful also.
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    @TheCommoner282 I do agree with you, and like everyone else I do well speeding up videos. BUT unfortunately most classes are taught so that most students get the most out of it. Like it or not that's just kind of the nature of the beast. And my mostly uneducated guess is that most students benefit from slower speech than faster speech. So unfortunately usually better if the prof slows down than speeds up.

    It's the most fair option sadly. But that's why I like online courses so much more. Because 1. I can speed up the video 2. I can just straight skip pieces I know I genuinely don't need.
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    @ChaoticGoods Sounds like schools need to cater better to the students. Such as by allowing the faster learners to, well, learn faster. And therefore speed ahead of everyone else.

    Instead, we’re forced to wait for the slowbies to catch up — which can take months — leaving us with nothing to do but pointless busywork. What a waste of life.

    Honestly it’s like paying someone by the hour. There is zero incentive to work harder because your earnings don’t reflect your productivity. It’s in your best interest to put in less effort because your compensation is the same no matter what. At least with salary you can quit early if you’ve gotten enough done for the day.

    Honestly, everyone should be paid by the project; if you finish it quickly, you can stop working early, or pick up another project and earn more. (The problem with this is that predicting complexity is very difficult.)
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    @Root I don't totally disagree but to be able to do that consistently at school you'd have to have a 1 on 1 lecture almost because everyone processes information differently. The recorded lectures are a better solution IMO. It's not that I'm necessarily a faster learner. A lot of times it takes me longer than others (at least at first). But in terms of listening to a lecture a faster paces helps me stay focused instead of getting stuck on something (usually a scenario that's not really relevant to the topic). But again, that doesn't mean I'm learning any faster.

    As for dragging the rest of you smart folks down, that's why schools/programs that are worth anything have enough flexibility for smarter students to take harder classes. For example, having a choice between 3D math and Trigonometry II or something.

    I agree with you in the workplace though. Except I'm salaried and I'm still expected to work the full 40 hours a week at least. Regardless of how far ahead I end up getting.
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    @ChaoticGoods Sounds like it isn’t salary at all, but a legal form of hourly without paid overtime.

    I had an employer do that once. I worked an extra five hours one week (and naturally didn’t get paid for it), and got reprimanded the next because I clocked 30 minutes under expectations. “But it’s not about the hours” my boss kept repeating. WELL OBVIOUSLY IT BLOODY WAS!
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