Janleb...you are so right on about breaking studying up into chunks. It took me a while to get into the habit of that, but it is such a stress reliever when you work that way instead of cramming.
As far as music and background noise goes, I agree with what Brandy said about classical music being a good choice, but that may be just because I happen to genuinely enjoy classical music. When my husband was in school, he couldn't stand to study to classical music (probably because he hates it anyway), and though I thought it was a bad idea, he always had metal or alternative rock playing as he studied. He's an aircraft mechanic, and like us, he needs to know a million little parts, and how they all work together, and how to diagnose and fix problems. The usic he chose must have worked for him though, because he never got lower than a 97% on an exam (what a weenie
Somebody else mentioned scanning pictures to put on index cards. I did, and still do, that too. If you have any clip art CD's, many of them will have sections with A&P type diagrams and such, so you don't then have to go through the trouble of scanning them. You can also just right-click on images on the web to save them and print them out. That's what I did to find various histology pictures.
The final thing that works best for me is note cards. I make lots and lots and lots of note cards. I type them so that they're as neat as can be and I can fit as much as possible on to them. It really helps me, because I can then just keep them with me wherever I am and pull one out when I have a few minutes to study.
Be blessed all!