I feel very strongly that people should know how to study the Bible for themselves. Crises don't present themselves on Sunday right after church service. Sometimes you need to hear from God now!
And reading and studying the Bible for yourself makes you a more discerning Christian. But it's not something that you need a special anointing from the Holy Spirit for, like a spiritual gift. And it shouldn't be a secret that church leaders keep to themselves in order to be the one you have to go to for biblical wisdom.
So here is my method. Bear in mind that this is a method, not the method. We all have our own way of learning. Go for the way that works best for you. But you might get a few hints seeing how I do it.
First of all, you'll need to choose a Bible translation to get your study started with. To the right you'll see my happy little collection of Bibles and a handful of study tools.
My personal go-to for getting started is a study Bible with either the King James Version or New International Version translation.