1. You need the keys (pillars, prerequisites, ect.) to understand the thing in the best way possible for you personally.
2. You need to apply that knowledge.
3. You need strong connections to utilize and recall what you've learned.
4. Maximizing gains and minimizing losses.
5. Creative use of what you've just learned, and the possible applications it could do.
Normal 'non-magical' means works as well.
With those five major goals it can be broken down further. Any kind of means work.
Finding out what you need. (Divination for car keys, and other things.)
For the user interface I like a gentle directive force sometimes. Maybe a word or two to align me in the right direction. (It's situational and with an intelligent force behind it (it's me!) it's the right choice.)>Verbally state your question can help guide the magic. If you forgot what you were asking question out loud if what you can't remember is currently being used in magic. When it's done remind you of what it is.>"Where are the important foundational elements I need to know about what I am learning." Or reading or watch ect.>"What are they?">Why are they foundational?">"How does this connect?">"I understand this in the best way possible. How do I do that?"
(Intent and timeline is set). The present tense can be a bit weird, but it helps the not so down to earth things understand if that is what you use.
Still gathering information.>"What is possible with this?">"What is thia best suited for?">"What is the nature of this?"
Applying it with some foreknowledge.>"I innately know this.">"I have mastered this physically.">"I have mastered this mentally.">"I have mastered this spiritually.">"I have mastered this entirely."
(These are submitted to the astral more or less and to the subconsious and soul to be put into action.) This will come down naturally and in due time. Doing work here and now makes it happen as the blueprint you've submitted has a physical counterpart to be in tune with.>"I have done (Insert Action / Goal here).">"How do I do (Action / Goal) (whatever parameters)."
For an example.>"How do I write this in the best way possible for others to understand with my abilities?"
Sticking it in memory (spiritual, physical, and mental)
By this I mean
Spiritual, your soul knows it. You have magic that stores it. You have magic that retrieves it. You have an entity as a glorified assistant. Ect.
You know it without actually knowing what your saying or knowing.
Physical, your body knows it. Stored in the meat suit. Neural connections are physically there. Sensations and perceptions about it. Memories.
Mental, your internal system knows it. This is a bit odd so bear with me. Kind of like chunking and storing large categories of information. It is the mental subsystems made that do the recall, connection, and whatever else.>The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
A fruit is to apple. : A vegetable
is to broccali.
Pre built mental constructs that attach to what you know, and can expand.
Having it in all three ensures when you need it it's there.
You can also use magic to assist in this endeavor as well. (Again how you want to do this is up to you.)
As an example.>Learning this procedure.>Mentally picture this the procedure>Now visualize learning>Connect 'the procedure' to 'learning'
Think of remembering>Attach 'the procedure' to 'remembering'>Imagine other things you can connect it with>Do so.
Optimization. When you need it or want it you have it available.
This is a bit tricky. It's balancing your needs and desires with yourself and their need to do some specific magic. Normally it's not a problem. Sometimes you both need it.
Usually taking turns and prioritizing makes it smooth.
Sometimes taking it by force isn't going to help. Walking around it, can keep you on topic while the specific concept is in use magically where knowing about it can negatively impact the magic.
Creative uses. Possible applications. Effective uses.
In this there is one option 'technically'. Listening to the bird of paradise welcome it to your hand, and not grasp at it. Let it come and go.
The bird of paradise is magic, yet it can also be applied to other things as well. The 'Muse' creatives talk about. The 'flow state'. Ect.
It is by working on the real goal can these come to you.
Fake it till you make it works. Once it's real keep up the good work.