Depends on how you learn best. I almost always use flashcards for closed book stuff.Or, if you remember things like stories better, then it actually might be more helpful to remember a case you read that applied the rule correctly.
Just a bit of warning; I have found that "memorizing" creates tunnel vision, & usu. leads to failure in issue spotting. I mean Civ. Pro. usu. can be broken into 5 Q.'s(1) What State you can sue in? (PJ)(2) What claim you may bring? (SJ-1331/32/67)(3) What Court house to file in? (Venue, Transfer, removal, forum non conveniens etc,) (4) What apllicable law? (Eerie/Hanna)(5) What's the scope of the suit? (Joinder claims/parties: Rule13,14,18,19,20 etc etc.)So if you do memorize, make sure to always ask those 5 Q.s & look deeper, e.g. u have 1404 memorized that may lead to just "Removal by D. to fed Ct." for short-hand, may be insufficient, & ur brain will be a little too conlusory about issues (at least this what i have found). This advice isn't golden or pure of course, but thought it could help!! best of luck--M.