i ended up with a 3.48 this semester (not a 4.0 but i was pleased) and I didnt use any commercial anything except for dressel's criminal law book and i skimmed the E&E a day or two before the exams
however, i did everythign the SUPER hard way. I spent 3 hours at least on each class every day(for around every hour of class) reading the cases over at least twice and briefing it and answering/outline every note portion. in class i would highlight what part of my outlines/briefs the prof discussed in a diff color and then write down my class notes in that same color. it made outlining super easy b/c it was all there in one document.
i made long ass outlines then outlined my outline. then made a checklist of that outlined-outline. and then did a million practice exams
im pretty bad though..dint start outlining till a lil before thanksgiving. im gonna try to do it earlier this time. and maybe use a few more study guides..
going for all As this semester!