Peter Leithart, in elucidating the importance of rhetorical training as a basis for communal life, (and thus for civilization), sheds light on more general traits for anyone who wishes to learn most anything. In Tudor education we see:

-apprenticeship (learning through immersing oneself in a craft, subordinating oneself to the authorities that have come before yourself)

-attentive, thorough practice

-inventio: take inventory before inventing. (Honor thy fathers and mothers before reinventing the wheel.)