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Not all learning involves the entire sequence A through C. In typing, for instance, the student typically is started at B, as if there is very little to discover in learning to typewrite. The teaching of typewriting assumes that the student already has acquired certain fundamental skills and can begin by practising the use of these skills in a new context. In teaching mathematics, however, it is often assumed that the student may have to work for some time on a problem before he learns the principle involved, or, we might say, 'discovers' the solution. In this case the learning process may be said to start at A.