Learning is hard work. It is not easy to force the mind to go the distance. Focus has to be created and kept. You may have heard the famous quote that ‘genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’. It was only after six-seven years of continuous hard work and many more years of prerequisite learning that Andrew Wiles was able to arrive at the proof of Fermant’s Last Theorem. Think of your famous writers, artists, scientists, mathematicians, doctors,…, your famous einsteins churned and brooded over ideas for decades for their own $e=mc^2$. Our memory of their name is a celebration of their force and distance - a celebration of perspiration.
Different individuals learn their own way. Here is one prescription for learning:
- Put in the time to wrestle with questions until the essence of the questions and the logic to their solutions is clear to you.
- Combine research to wrestling and build your knowledge by studying different perspectives and solutions.
- Rehearse the knowledge that you have built via research and wrestling with frequency.
- Communicate to relay, rehearse, and check the wisdom of your wrestling, research, and rehearsals versus the perspectives of other minds.
- Collaborate to remain in gravity and to contribute + grow via communication.
Further, combine the above prescription with Gorge Polya’s steps for problem-solving. View this summary document from UC Berkley Mathematics. These are simple to read but hard work to turn into a conscious learning habit.