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To look at the metagame of learning, I highly, highly recommend the Coursera course Learning How To Learn by Barbara Oakley: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn. If you're more into books, she also has A Mind For Numbers, which covers essentially the same material.

For me, the biggest thing is practice, particularly deliberate practice and spaced repetition. For software, any timer will do for pomodoros, and Anki has been a godsend for spaced repetition. The iOS app is expensive at $25, but the ROI has been huge for me.

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