I was looking for any advice I could get on how best to study for medical school classes if you are the type of person that is more big picture or theory oriented than rote memorization/tiny details oriented. I've already completed two medical school classes and did O.K. (B in Biochemistry, and very high C in Cell Biology), but right now Gross Anatomy and Microanatomy are killing me. I didn't do so bad on the first set of Gross tests but bombed micro and I spent so much time on micro that I totally bombed my next set of gross tests and did just as bad in micro as the first test. I'm not in eminent danger of failing Gross because there are so many points left, but I'm in real danger of failing microanatomy. We have 2 more tests (1 class test and the NBME final). I will have to make an A on the last test to have a D going into the final. Anyway, this is all really bothering me because I'm not an unintelligent person by any means, and probably have one of the highest MCAT scores in my class (4 points above the class average). It's just that I'm a big picture type person who would rather do math or physics (or any problem solving really) than memorize all the details from a histology or atlas slide. I think I really just don't know how to study, so I'm looking for advice from anyone that has a similar learning style. I loving solving problems and really look forward to clinical work where you have to use analytical thinking to solve problems, but I'm really frustrated with the volume of unintellectual rote memorization that I'm having to do right now. Anyway, thanks for any advice anyone might have. p.s. based on my handle you can see that I want to be an orthopedic surgeon and it's frustrating with these grades because I can see that ambition slipping away as my GPA does.