patito wrote:Cait wrote:Yeah, "Show your work" was a thing I never really took to until college when it was complex enough to actually matter. I don't need to write out a line and a half of equations to say that x is 4 when 2x+3=11, it's just... there. It doesn't make sense for it to be anything but 4.
Dude, show your work on that is piss easy, so why would you skip it? I get it that you're probably good at math, but for someone who has barely any idea how that math works, knowing and showing the steps helps.
It wasn't easy for me at the time, though. It took an actual effort to try and put to paper those steps that I didn't use in the conscious process. It wasn't until I started tutoring math that I got a real feel for how some of the stuff breaks down; having to explain the steps to someone else is remarkably effective at getting a better understanding of them yourself. Which matches most of the literature about education, I suspect.