What I am doing is trying to relate every single new thing I am learning with real life examples, only to make sure that I have learned* that thing. Most of the times I fail at that. But I guess it's not always possible.
For example (taken from the article I mentioned on the other topic), when you think of a derivative, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
The equation that defines it? (http://calnewport.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/deriva...)
Or this intuitive image? http://calnewport.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/tangen...