… need to continually give it higher quality information, which is often above your cognitive level. You also want to learn actively, which means you’re taking notes and linking what you’re learning in your memory through visualization.
A meditative exercise I have recently adopted is looking around the room at an object and staring. While staring, I ask myself how I would paint or draw that object. How does the light hit its side? How would I capture the curvature of the glass? What is that red spot, shining in its reflection?