I (along with most other semi-intelligent people) can memorize anything under the sun using flash cards or burst repitition. But if it doesn't stick in your long term memory than what good is it? The key is conceptualizing grouping and applying. The problem is that I'm thinking there is a #hit ton of info you are expected to learn and KNOW in school, so how do you do it?

What are some ways that you people conceptualize things that works for you?