I actually dropped out after my first year in law school was complete to work in the movie business, but I'm going back to law school this fall (1L again). Anyway, I remember I was given a TON of advice on the best methods of studying. Everyone was recommending study aids (which I wholeheartedly recommend as well), but once I got around to choosing which publisher to stick with, I was clueless. In the end, the one publisher that helped me immensely was Gilbert's Law Summaries. These study aids are published by BarBri, who also run the Bar Exam prep classes. If you want to get a head start on your classes now without going out and buying your textbooks (you won't know which authors to buy till summer anyway), purchase the Gilbert's for all your 1L classes. Once you know which authors of the textbooks you need to buy, you can then also purchase the Gilbert Legallines to supplement your books, which are also invaluable.