« on: May 06, 2009, 12:07:07 AM »
Personally, I would not start outlining the first day of class. It just won't make sense, and you'd probably have to go back and re-do it anyway at the end of the semester when you got more of a clue what was going on.
During my first semester, I did all my outlines over Thanksgiving Break. We got a week off, and I just knocked out one outline a day (not on Thanksgiving, obviously). Then, we had another week of class, so I updated all the outlines that weekend. This worked fine for me because all the material was relatively fresh in my head when it came time to really study for finals because I had just outlined it a couple weeks prior.
But, some of my classmates starting outlining from Day 1, and more did about a month in. It just depends on what works for you. Another way some people do it is outlining every time you finish a chapter in a class.