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- First learn the relevant section until you reach the exercises.
- While learning that write down the main definitions and proofs.
- Then try to reproduce the definitions and proofs on your own.
- After you're able to reproduce the definitions and proofs, start the exercises.

Then repeat and rinse that for the next section after you do the exercises. Does that sound reasonable? The reason I ask this is because I've realised that sometimes I fully follow an argument in the textbook but then I forget it. Like I understand it, but I'm unable to reproduce it. Is there a remedy for this, and do others experience it or is it just me? I guess the other question I've is that the list I've made is sort of like memorising the definitions and proofs. Is this really so bad? I suppose memorising stuff is bad when you don't understand it, but it can't hurt to memorise stuff you fully understand, right?