I am not sure that you really have to think "outside the box" but you do have to think critically on exams. The single most important thing to do is remember to analyze all the issue. Don't just state conclusions. As an example, in contracts, don't just say "X is an acceptance" and go on from there. Say "An acceptance requires these things. P will argue X is an acceptance because of A,B,C facts. D will argue that it is not because of D,E,F, facts. I believe that under rule of Case 1, this would be considered an acceptance, because...." Also remeber every fact is in an exam question for a reason. Don't discount them. Be creative in using the facts you have to support your arguments. But if you don't have facts, say so. And if you make an assumption, state it clearly.I did use my outlines occasionally during the exam and I tabbed them to make it quicker and easier to use them, but for me, the value is in making the outline as a review. I pretty much only outline toward the end of the semester and use that as my review session. I also like to make a list in certain classes of the Code sections I need with a summary, so in Contracts I had a list of each Restatement and each UCC section we covered with the summary. Also works well for FRCP. That is a lot quicker to flip through than the book if you need specific wording. I also tab the rule book so I can flip through it quickly on an exam.My study group was primarily useful in making me actually do work. I am a huge procrastinator, and being accountable to other people really helps me. We actually outlined together, going through all our class notes to make the outlines, to make sure we didn't miss anything. That may not have been totally efficient, but it worked for me in the end. We also did a lot of questions together, like from flashcards and Q&A books. Then we also wrote out practice exams and compared answers.I don't think I'd really do anything differently. In fact, I just did basically the same thing for my tax midterm this week and I feel pretty good about that exam.I had a good LSAT score, not stellar but decent for my school, but my class rank is significantly higher (Top 5%).