Student or Learner
Through the strict rehearsal period of dancing six days a week, I found it vital to pick up the material fast with every last bit of concentration.
It seems to me that "pick up" here means "to master with effort". Am I right?
But according to an entry in a dictionary: to pick up means "to get information or a skill by chance rather than by making a deliberate effort"
So what is a native teacher's opinion?