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just start cranking Griffiths, there is no other way around it!

Read the text line by line, chapter by chapter, do not skip a single thing. Do active reading, not just stare blankly and nod your head. When the book makes a claim, try to proof it. Do not look at the book when trying to proof the given statement. Try to understand the difficulties in proving the fact. It is best if you actually get stuck! so that you understand why the book does what. When the book shows a result, go through the calculation (don't get lazy on the gaussian integrals). When you are done with a certain chapter, come back to it from time to time (rerun this process).

If you get stuck on the math, get a book on ODE or PDE, study what you need and move on.

One caution though, if you can't prove a certain statement after a very long time, move on and accept it as a fact (only use this as a last resort). Remember to come back later though. Good luck in your studies!

Read the text line by line, chapter by chapter, do not skip a single thing. Do active reading, not just stare blankly and nod your head. When the book makes a claim, try to proof it. Do not look at the book when trying to proof the given statement. Try to understand the difficulties in proving the fact. It is best if you actually get stuck! so that you understand why the book does what. When the book shows a result, go through the calculation (don't get lazy on the gaussian integrals). When you are done with a certain chapter, come back to it from time to time (rerun this process).

If you get stuck on the math, get a book on ODE or PDE, study what you need and move on.

One caution though, if you can't prove a certain statement after a very long time, move on and accept it as a fact (only use this as a last resort). Remember to come back later though. Good luck in your studies!

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I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but it's an excelent book. This book is intended/designed for graduate level physics texts. Happy holidays.

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You have at least two years of math classes to take before you should even think about most of the books recommended above.

Single and multivariable calculus, diff eq, and linear algebra at the very least, concurrent with a year or more of calculus based physics. And even that is rushing it, because QM is typically taught in grad school, to students with four years of college math and physics.

You have to walk before you can run. To tide you over, you can read popular treatments of QM while you are learning enough math and physics to read real QM textbooks.

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