Learning – Howto?

Since starting my now almost infamous Cisco course, I have become very interested in ways to learn new material.

How do you plan out a semester, how do you organize a study schedule, where do you study? what kind of tools do you use to get you through it all?

Ive been looking into some of the tips that Lifehacker.com provides, but Id like to figure out what other people have done to get their study needs met.

I will try and document my own experiences, for better or worse