My words of wisdom are: do not waste your time - once you get into law school, that is - memorizing the fact patterns of the cases that you read. I find so many 1Ls doing this that it makes me just want to take them aside, as if I'm speaking to a small child who doesn't know any better, and inform them that they won't get anywhere in law school if they utilize that strategy. Just memorize the BLL and you'll be fine.
As the poster above me suggested, don't buy into the BS that you can only do well if you outline the course. I'm in the top third of my class, and I've yet to brief a single case, let alone outline an entire course. In actuality, when I stressed out more, during my first year, my grades were worse. As soon as I adopted the "who cares, I'll just try to do the best I can without stressing too much" attitude, my grades improved dramatically.
Bottom line: you'll only find the strategy that works for you after a little trial and error. However, if you remember that you don't have to remember all of the minutiae of the cases you read and don't take all of the competition too seriously, you'll undoubtedly succeed.