Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 4 (1831), 376–79.

Practice Makes Perfect. Illustration

R C, Wakefield, pseud.  [Richard Cope]




Mathematics, Education, Endeavour, Piety

    Begins with a short Persian tale to illustrate the theme, followed by a discussion of the topic with other examples. The narrator recalls: 'I was one day employed in shewing Theodore, a very sprightly lad, some of the figures employed in mensuration, he started at the sight, and observed, "I shall never understand them," and yet, after sometime he acquired a competent knowledge of squares, angles, diameters, &c' (377). Gives other examples relating to the perseverance of students in their lessons. 'The rule in arithmetic which goes by the name of "practice", is undoubtedly one of the most useful in the science of numbers for all the purposes of common calculation. It is highly useful to the housekeeper in estimating the amount of tradesmen's bills, servants' wages &c. &c., but to be expert and correct in this rule, attention and diligence are necessary' (378). Applies the same principle to religious concerns.

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