Hi there. In this education post, I want to cover an issue I sort of see in my work. We do have a few students that go a bit too fast with their mathematics and problem solving. This can be a problem. I would like to point out how going fast can be bad in terms of learning.
- Going Fast Is Good But Answers Have To Be Correct
- Long Term Learning Considerations
Going Fast Is Good But Answers Have To Be Correct
Being fast does have its benefits in real life and in the business world. In general, higher speed helps with getting more things done in less time. In the customer service setting, higher speed would mean serving more customers in less time. With students a higher speed could be in the form of faster writing, faster typing, faster problem solving when it comes to homework questions or test questions.
Speed is nice and all but answers have to be correct as well. As an example, a video game that is rushed out and released early may not good. A rushed video game could contain many errors. Video game players would most likely notice these errors and technical issues which would harm the reputation of the game. For the student, it is not good to complete tasks, assignments, projects and tests fast while the quality of the work does not meet expectations. There is a bit of a risk vs reward when it comes to speed versus accuracy/quality of work.
In the mathematics setting, one has to be careful with going fast. A higher speed when it comes to calculations does lead to a higher risk of making a mistake. Math mistakes can include a missing negative sign, a wrong calculation with addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, a missed concept, not reading the question properly, using a wrong formula and so on.
Long Term Learning Considerations
In my opinion, learning too fast would help with short term learning and not so much with long term learning. Fast learning could be good for test preparations in subjects that require memorization. For subjects that contain newer topics that depend on previous topics and skills such as mathematics, language learning, sports skills, martial arts, cooking, etc. you cannot really rush the learning process. Cramming before an exam for these types of subjects is heavily punished. There is so much material to remember and learn. I do think that spaced repetition is important. It is not realistic to think that a certain sports skill, cooking technique, language concept or mathematics concept can be done at a high level in one day or one week. It takes time to learn new things, build memory, build skills and then speed. In finance there is the concept of the time value of money with investments and compound interest, there is also the time value of developed skills, learned knowledge and memory.