cchiego wrote:I've had success with the map approach and the physical extremities approach, but what you need to do is start asking "why" to everything you see and read. Why does this mountain range exist? That peninsula looks funny- I wonder who lives on it? This border is weird, I wonder if there's a history behind it? Is there a pass over this mountain range? Why is the capital of country X there and not in the middle of the country? Where are there geysers in the world and why are they in those places?
When you start looking at the "why," you'll learn a bunch more real knowledge things and have a much more enjoyable time studying than just memorizing lists. Plus you'll probably pick up some history and geology clues too.
As a former GeoBee contestant as well, I must say I really do like this approach - it makes the studying fun and also helps out quite a bit. Also, surfing through Wikipedia articles on cities, countries, lakes, rivers, or mountains you find interesting will help as well, since they are likely to come up (there are a very large number of potential geography answer lines, so it is bound to come up at some tournament).