# I'm in my first year as a civil engineering student but am finding calculus more difficult than I expected. What should I do?

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Ryan Gilbert

One thing that helped me through the calculus courses was the trying to condense all the information for a test onto a single sheet of paper. In order to do this, I had to first simplify the concept into a concise statement or equation.

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

During studying, I did the following:
1. understand why the information is important
2. run through example problems
3. practice problems
4. explain the concept in simple terms
5. summarize it one the formula sheet
6. teach other or study with others to prove understanding

It's called the Feynman Technique, and has worked wonders for calculus and other courses.

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Rohan

Calculus can be a little tricky to start off with. But once you get through the initial hiccups you will realize that calculus is easy and interesting.
The key is to understand the concept and to get the essence of the problem and not just learning the solution for that specific problem.
Which calculus are you finding tough, differential or integral calculus ?

You have to write them down on a piece of paper and work it through. You need constatnt practice, the more diverse problems you work out the better it is for you That's how I overcame my fear.

Hope this helps! 