It says in Tosafot Sotah 21a - זה תלמוד חכם:

סתם תלמיד חכם תורתו אומנתו, ועוסק בה ומהרהר כל שעה. ואינו הולך ד' אמות בלא תורה

Is there any detailed, practical guidance available about developing an ability to "think in learning" and its potential benefits?

UPDATE: Some asked for how this idea apparent from this quotation. I found this idea in sefer Alei Shur I., p. 70:

Alei Shur I., p. 70

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    This seems to be many different questions. You should split them up. The first one also seems to be opinion based, so you won't get any good answers.
    – robev
    Oct 17, 2021 at 17:35
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    Thank you, I edited it! I hope now it is better.
    – Binyomin
    Oct 17, 2021 at 22:42
  • The Litvisher answer to this is probably that you should train yourself to think bichlal.
    – pcoz
    Oct 17, 2021 at 23:32
  • How do you get "think in learning" (my emphasis) from the quote?
    – Tamir Evan
    Oct 18, 2021 at 2:41
  • To clarify: You are asking for help spending time thinking about learning?
    – N.T.
    Oct 18, 2021 at 2:55

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The author of Bilvavi Mishkan Evne writes that, in order to make one's learning penetrate deeply, one should not be satisfied with learning a few hours a day, then continuing the next day, but should instead find one interesting problem/question during the day's learning, and think over it again and again all day long, during any free moment. This way one is always "engaged in learning" and the learning really penetrates.

I'm afraid he doesn't get more specific than this.

  • He probably means that if you have an interesting question, you will naturally think about it on your own.
    – N.T.
    Oct 19, 2021 at 16:46

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