Step 1: Learn how to search
This is the single most important thing you can learn. I can not stress this enough. If you can search, you can learn anything, because it allows you to find what you need to learn more. It is the beginning of a positive feedback loop of epic proportions. This single step is more important than any of the proceeding ones by a very wide margin. LEARN HOW TO SEARCH
Step 2: Learn the Feynman Technique
- Take a blank sheet of paper and write the concept at the top
- Write the idea down as though you’re explaining it to a new student / your mom
- When you get stuck, go back to the source material until you CAN explain it on paper
- Anytime you write a complex or wordy explanation, simplify or find an analogy and re-write it
Step 3: Use Spaced Repetition
Once you understand the principle you should download a spaced repetition application and use it every day you are studying something.
Step 4: Learn how to take notes
Find a note-taking system that suits your needs. I have found the Cornell System works well in many circumstances but there are many others. Use your newfound knowledge of HOW TO SEARCH to find a good note-taking system, or more instructions on note-taking methodologies.
Step 5: Learn to read for Information and Comprehension