« on: June 02, 2009, 11:17:56 AM »
Last semester I did pretty well (somewhere in the top 1/3) but I studied excessively, maybe 70+ hours a week, every week. I felt burned out by the time finals were around and then afterward I felt cheated that 90% of what I knew wasn't even on the exams. I then decided on a new strategy--just keep my mind completely fresh. I didn't read cases the entire way through, just got what I needed from listening to class, and looked over old outlines so I knew where we were at. About three weeks before exams I did my own outlines and it made me sort of nervous because it felt like I was teaching myself all of the material for the first time. The result was that I felt really brimming with intellectual energy right when exams rolled around and not burned out at all.
I got my grades back the other day and aced every single class. Furthermore, I got the top grade in 3 of 4 classes. Less really is more--I deserved these grades last semester when I busted my ass but got them this semester when I probably averaged 5 hours a week of study until the last few weeks.
I know a few other people on this board were taking this approach. How did it turn out for you?