I just read LSC and it recommended that people begin outlining for their 1L courses day 1. That seems absurd because people won't know what to outline due to not having the big picture of what the professor is teaching. Using "study time" just to prepare for class seems wasteful since class prep doesn't matter for grades. What should 1Ls do at the early stage of the semester? Also, when should people start outlining?
I don't see why you can't (in some instances) outline from the beginning. Take the professor's syllabus, build all your notes on the reading/class notes into that file, then review it after each class and try to clean it up and make it more coherent. It won't be in final form until toward the end of the semester, but at least a lot of the legwork will be done in advance so when you're doing your final revisions, you won't have to do stuff you could have done as you went along.
My thoughts, anyway.