# How do you understand calculus ideas? [closed]

I have dyscalculia, so I'm wondering how most people process math ideas. I can only solve problems by memorizing what to do after being shown step-by-step how to solve similar problems. None of the concepts mesh in my mind, so I never know how to actually solve application problems, because I can't figure out which concepts to use.

How do other people learn this stuff? How intuitive is calculus? How do you know what steps to use to solve applications? How can you be sure your answer is correct? Are there any ways for someone with dyscalculia to learn the subject?

## closed as primarily opinion-based by Travis Willse, Jack M, Andrew D. Hwang, Zev Chonoles, WatsonMay 14 '16 at 11:54

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• Visual intuition plays a huge role in my personal understanding of calculus. – giobrach May 14 '16 at 11:13
• What do you mean by visuals? – user6050977 May 14 '16 at 11:15
• Physics requires you to learn certain rules, but also intuit when to use which. It's kind of like social rules, you don't talk the same to your friends as you do to your parents. You break down the problem step by step, and just see which way is the easiest to solve it. The rest is bookkeeping. – Feyre May 14 '16 at 11:18
• I mean mostly thinking about what the "graphical counterpart" of an equation or symbolic statement will look like, and how changing something in the latter will affect the first – giobrach May 14 '16 at 11:18
• An interesting question, but (in my view) not on-topic for Math.SE (too broad and/or opinion-based); voted to close. Important issues to think about for yourself include 1. Why do you need (or want) to be able to use calculus fluently? 2. What types of cognitive (including mathematical) and/or manual tasks (sports? model-building? computer programming?) are you good at? (In the spirit of building analogies with concepts and activities you understand well.) – Andrew D. Hwang May 14 '16 at 11:28