I am good student that is not good at memorizing as well. Pharm is a lot of memorization. But you don't have to memorize every drug. You need to memorize classes and know their suffixes. For example beta blocker end in -olol. For a lot of the material it's more about understanding the process. For example if you know how a beta blocker works you can figure out the side effects. If you know what left sided heart falure does you can figure out what symptoms to look for. Even though there is a decent amount of memorization, knowing the processes can help you work through most question even if you haven't memorized the answer.
Yes people have study groups. Our clinicals are at Loudoun, Reston, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Prince William, and Winchester. I am not sure where the community clinicals are yet. You get to choose where you go after the first semester.