Quote from: 4DClaw on July 24, 2007, 08:28:18 AMLEEWS is good. But the guy makes it WAY more complicated than it needs to be, and the CD is about twice as long as it needs to be. I highly recommend Delaney's book on exam-taking. It lays out the method you need for a basic law-school exam, and it also gives good pointers if you have profs who like policy arguments (about half of my 1L profs were like that). I agree. For a program that purports to cut through the confusion, it obfuscates with unecessary tangents. I felt the book was more helpful than the CDs, but even the book rambled. I finished it, and took a few lines of notes regarding the whole LEEWS process... I guess Wentworth Miller couldn't make $200 on info that essentially would fit onto a bookmark, so he had to stretch it out a bit! I haven't read the Delaney book-- thanks for the advice!
LEEWS is good. But the guy makes it WAY more complicated than it needs to be, and the CD is about twice as long as it needs to be. I highly recommend Delaney's book on exam-taking. It lays out the method you need for a basic law-school exam, and it also gives good pointers if you have profs who like policy arguments (about half of my 1L profs were like that).
ok cool, someone on some other thread was saying something about professor, no exams on file, unfair advantage blah blah.
First off, don't necessarily count on hard work getting you anywhere near the top of your class. Iit really depends on how close you and the instructor are in terms of views and approaches. I've seen students with a firm grasp of the material fall flat on their ass because they and the instructor differed on interpretations of the law or formatting of exam responses or whatever.Given this, my number one piece of advice is to visit your professor as often as possible. What I did was write down a list of questions from the day's reading assignment and take them to the professor in office hours. Not only does this help you clarify the more confusing points of the material, but you can see how the professor approaches the subject. My property professor, for instance, was focused heavily on policy implications. I made sure I studied up on those aspects of her class, and sure enough I got the only A+ on the final.As for outlining, there's no harm in starting the outlines early provided you rework what you've written as the term goes. If you choose to start the outline at the beginning of the term, be willing to reorganize it whenever you add new sections. I found the constant exposure to the material combined with the need to try and fit whatever I'd just learned into the structure of my outline really helped me understand and remember things when finals came.Other than that, just do practice exams and see if you can get your professor to look over your answers. Again, its really all about understanding what they want to see on an exam and giving it to them. On a slightly different, as a transfer student to my current university my advice on that is to apply early and don't give up hope if your first term grades aren't what you'd hoped. I was only top 40% my first term, but I managed to up my GPA substantially the second term and now I'm going to a top 20 school. Hell, even if you're not near the top of your class you can still likely transfer. I had a friend who was barely top 50% and she's now at Cardozo.Hope that helps, and good luck to ya!
tag.Holy crap, some of this stuff (such as these aids) I've never even heard of. Is this stuff we pick up and learn about as we begin 1L?