How do you effectively self-study physics using a textbook? Defining "effective" (in decreasing order of priority): - Understand the topics more at the conceptual level than "standard problem solving/plug n chug" level. Think final goal being to prepare for research in the field or like a preparing for a Phd qual rather than preparing for a specific course exam. - Do that in the least possible time. - Being as intense as possible (say spending a month to finish a complete book/certain required level in the field) without burning out. (I agree this might attract highly subjective opinions so put at the last). Additional Details: Don't generally have someone to bounce ideas with. Always have Internet though (I know it's no substitute). Would be great if you considered this and gave some good places on the web to do this/ any other ideas.