Frequently Asked Questions
How do I learn subject $X$ in Mathematics?
The best option: ask a knowledgeable Mathematician! Mathematics is a fundamentally human activity, and abstractions are much easier to communicate in person. Doing a course or guided reading with someone like a Professor or a graduate student is perhaps the ideal option here.
The nextbest option: find a good book and/or course materials

Find a motivation
Math is technical, and it’s hard to slog through details without a motivating factor. Find a nontrivial result that sounds interesting, and investigate how the subject you’re studying supports or leads to that result.
For example, if you wanted to learn Galois Theory, it’s worth some time reading up on things like the general insolubility of quintic equations

Find a good textbook
You’ll probably want to start with a good textbook – I’d first recommend checking my own resources page to see if there’s anything listed there.
A second recommendation is to Google something like (for example)
reference request algebra site:math.stackexchange.com
, and to look through results specifically from Math StackExchange and Math Overflow. Reference requests on these sites are often turned into community wikis, and so the number of upvotes can serve as a good firstapproximation of which books are worthwhile. 
Skim Once you obtain a book, skim a few chapters to see if the writing style clicks with you. Also, read the author’s introduction in full, as they often lay out highlevel motivations and goals in these sections.
Useful trick: Find a book for which the topic your book covers is a prerequisite. Math books often have appendices which provide brief overviews of prerequisite material. For example, if you wanted to learn pointset Topology, you can read the appendix in Lee’s Manifolds book – short, concise, and best of all, gives you an idea of where the topic is actually used!

(Optional) Find lecture notes or other material from courses that use your book, if possible. This can be done with a Google query like (e.g.)
inurl:edu dummit and foote syllabus
. These often help highlight the more important or major topics. 
Read, take notes, solve problems, and consult other resources whenever necessary!
What is subject $X$ used for / what are the realworld applications of subject $X$?
I defer to this excellent answer on MO: Realworld applications of Mathematics by Arxiv subject area.
What are some fun activities or events for a Math club?
 Lightning Talks
 Workshops
 Board Game Nights
 Celebrate Mathrelated holidays: $\pi$ day, Fibonacci day, or make one up!
 Math Movies
 Problemsolving sessions or competition prep for things like the Putnam.
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