A recent posting from an "A" nursing student stated that she would make voricious notes from lectures and study those the night before a test, going to be extra early to be rested, get up extra early in the wee hours of the morning of the test, study the lecture notes again, and always made great grades on every test.
Might not work for everyone. My mind doesn't get it that fast. But looking back, I read too much in the nursing material, anyway. Felt like I had to read each and every page of the textbook of the assigned reading material.
Bad idea, it seems.
I found that repetitive writing and rewriting of some things such as lab values, terminology, definitions, etc. that had to just be memorized, before pathophysiology was then learned as theory and later applied, worked best for me.
Also, there are courses designed to help you learn to make the most of your time, I participated in such a course and it helped to designate important blocks of time for homework, courses, down time to study and get the most of it, etc.
Making audiocassettes of lectures to listen to while driving, cleaning house, etc. could be helpful, too.
Those flash cards are a great way to imprint it and are easy to use while studying alone.
Group study or study buddies are fun, too, and can help you get a fresh idea or two when you're not as objective as possible studying alone.
Good luck to you !!!