I am in my second year, so I only book brief right now, but I highly recommend doing the actual typewritten or handwritten briefs for your first year.
I followed this format when briefing:
I. Title section
A. Title of Case
C. State and type of court
A. Summary of the facts of the case
A. Holding and any really important reasoning of
the trial court below
B. Holding of this court
A. A short statement of the issue in the case
A. The line of reasoning of the court used including
any pertinent case law/statutes the court used
and how the court applied the law to this
particular set of facts.
I tend to do my briefs in outline form because it helps me see the different sections and it helps me see the logical progression of the court's reasoning.
Even when I did actual briefs the first year, I did the three read method. I read through it the first time, highlighting as I went. The second time I typed my brief into the above format. The third time I reviewed my briefs a couple of hours before class.
Hope that helps.