The 3 top study tips that would give for starting the year is: 1) Study smarter, not harder you have to study a subject 30 minutes each day for around 4-6 days a week to move information form short term memory to long term memory. 2) Take 15 minutes breaks in between studying so that the brain can process the information being studied. 3) Find the best study habit that suits you not what suits other people. Know that people learn three different ways: Seeing, Hearing, and Doing OK.
Hello in my opinion the best time to prepare for the January regents would be at around October when the materials like chemistry for example are starting to sink in and you are starting to get the flow. While planning on taking the regents in June you should start by April so that you can review well the material that has been discussed throughout the year.