Updated at 2022-07-27 22:05

Your learning should be time-based, not goal-based. As you will optimize according to your metrics, "read X pages today" is a bad metric if you want to understand and remember what you are reading. The best approach is simply allocating e.g. 2 hours of uninterrupted time on a regular schedule and recording that you are follow it.

Construct your learning sessions with rules that are easy to follow. 30 minute intervals containing 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of break has proven to be effective for many e.g. the Pomodoro Technique.

Prefer to study topics that genuinely awake your curiosity. Life is too short to do things that you don't love; and this will keep you motivated.

Write stuff down to keep your working memory clean.

  1. thoughts that pop in your head 2) summarize what you just learnt 3) write down questions for later. This helps to focus.

Clean those notes later to help you remember them. This forces you to connect the ideas within the overarching topic and other other topics you've learned before. Forming these connections improves your memory.

Of you need to do some serious memorization, use memory techniques. But note that memorizing something is not learning per se.