Since I'm a Junior in college, you'd think I'd just about mastered studying, but that isn't exactly true. I do know my fair share of tips (which you'll read in a sec), but please feel free to share some more tips in the comments!
- Read over the material first. Just get some idea as to what you need to know or what you are asked.
- If you need to do a math problem, redo old homework questions and then rewrite them again if you have time.
- Basically for everything you need to know (definitions, facts, etc) rewrite the material. Maybe twice or three times if you are up for it.
- Reread what you are studying. (I find it best to read, rewrite, and read again and repeat)
- Try speaking out loud what you need to know.
- If you can, try teaching the material to someone else. You learn much quicker than you think.
- Make any charts/graphs/pictures necessary that could help divide the information.
- If it's memorizing information, or just need to remember something, try to make acronyms.
I know everyone learns differently and it's a great idea to figure out how you learn so you can improve your study techniques. I always assumed I was an auditory learner or a visual learner, depending on the subject. Turns out, I may be a combination of the two, but mainly I am a kinesthetic learner. Rewriting really helps me memorize things. Teaching the material also helps me as well (I'm studying to be a teacher, makes sense..).
But those are my tips and tricks along the long road of studying and I hope it helps even a little bit!