How to study so to be the best in my field
This happened back in my Engineering days. I tried a new technique about learning and retaining information. I used it religiously for a couple of months. After an internal Physics exam, the marks were announced. They were pretty brutal. The lecturer started reading out the marks one by one. It was pretty embarrassing for many. When it came to mine, I ended up scoring the highest in class and the lecturer asks me to identify myself. When I stood up, there was a lot of eyeball rolling and disbelief in the air. I myself was shocked at the success of the technique.
The source: I learnt this technique from a regular article in the "Competition Success Review". I can't remember the author, but it has transformed my learning.
The technique: After every class, browse your notes for 5 minutes. (Same goes for meetings). At the end of your school/work day, review all your notes briefly. This will add/refresh your memory. Before bed, spend up to 1–2 hours refreshing/practising the learnings of the day. Keep doing this regularly, you will be surprised at how even complex topics become easier/simpler.
Long story short, the technique is in the persistence and continuous refreshing of the concepts.