I'm attempting to study the Discourses of Epictetus, and it's hard going. I knew not to try to read these like a novel, but I'm finding it useful to stop at the end of each sentence and paraphrase, then again at the end of each paragraph and retell what I've read. I picked up these techniques from a homeschooling blog I enjoy.
But I am going to need more here. I need to discuss the material and my reactions with other people to benefit from this; I can already sense my inclination toward confirmation bias kicking in, interpreting everything according to my preconceived notions and rejecting what doesn't fit my current understanding of how the world works. Any pointers to an online or local-to-me meatspace community?