Whenever I solve a problem (textbook or exams), I always copy key parts of the question to my paper where I'm doing my calculations, even though I have the problem in text-format right next to me on the desk.
Recently I had a teacher who advised us not to "waste time" copying a problem but to simply start solving it.
While I feel like I get to interact with the problem more if I first copy it, it does take some extra time. (I'm not talking about for instance drawing a figure to visualize the problem but simply copying what is already provided.)
Is there any consensus / suggestions / strategies on copying the problem?
My teacher obviously has way more experience than I do, and I would like to be more efficient at solving problems.