# How long should I insist?

While studying math, I usually get stuck on some topics, how long should I insist trying to understand it alone? What are the strategies for when this happens?

• When a student asks me how to do a problem, I have often told the student exactly how to do it. I have also asked the student to not take notes. You might use discussions with others, or MSE, in this way. If after a gap of a day or so, you can reconstruct the idea, then you probably have internalized it to an adequate extent. Sep 3 '12 at 16:22