I really like mathematics, but I am not good at learning it. I find it takes me a long time to absorb new material by reading on my own and I haven't found a formula that works for me. I am hoping a few people out there will tell me how they go about learning math so I can try out their systems.

I need to know basic things. Should I use one book at a time or should I be reading many books on the same topic at once? Do you stop reading when you hit on a fact that you don't understand or do you keep reading?

Do you read all in one go or do you do a little bit and for how long (1 hr, 2 hr or more?)

Do you read all the chapters or do you do all the exercises before moving on from a chapter?

Do you adjust your technique in Calculus(calculation heavy) vs. Analysis (proof heavy)? If so, how?

When you make notes, what do you make notes about? Do you make notes while you read or after?

Is there some note writing system (eg. Cornell system) that you find superior for taking mathematics?

If you think these decisions all depend, can you say what they depend on?

I am really lost here. I would appreciate any input.

Full Disclosure: I have asked this question on Math Stack Exchange.

I am looking for a diversity of approaches. I hope this question is on-topic here.