Wow, great posts... I only have one thing to add, it worked great for me, might not work for you:1. Do everything over the weekend.I did all my reading (keeping up with the syllabus not the class, the class falls behind) on the weekend; I did not read for class during the week. Also little piddly assignments and things that we had, did them on the weekend, in advance. Also condensed notes/outline from the week prior, on the weekend. Reduced my stress 300% over most of my classmates. Pitied the people frantically trying to read right before class. Pitied the shock of people who realized two weeks before finals that the 300 pages we didn't get to in class actually were going to be on the test. Obviously there are exceptions - those memo/brief assignments you have to work on pretty much constantly, for example. But otherwise, give it a shot!
2. Do not study at all during the school year, except for the last week of your classes and during the exam period.
Since each assigned case typically builds upon a legal rule illustrated in a previous case, it isn't until the end of the semester or, for some classes, the end of the year, that students begin to form an understanding of how these rules interrelate.
When did the lightbulb turn on and did it turn on at different times for different classes?
Don't let your classmates stress you out, especially around finals.