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Expanding on the point already mentioned by guest's answer, I think you should stop focussing on building intuition. Instead, focus your time on solving the exercises even if, by the time you solve them, you don't feel like you've gained much in terms of intuition. Just solve the problem and move on. This might seem very counterintuitive, but the point is ...


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Regarding retention, doing lots of problems can help with this. Also, asking lots of questions about what you’re reading in the book, and trying to figure them out. You mentioned field extensions, so one question might be: “It’s a bit counterintuitive that this book spends more time talking about field extensions than about fields themselves. What’s so ...


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I agree that insight sometimes takes time, but don't dismiss the benefit of exercises. Sometimes, the insight monster will lurk in the background in your subconscious. If you do exercises, it may come out and give you the revelations later, not directly from the drill, but somehow aided by the time/exposure. If you solely chase insight and don't build ...


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