hmm, i think sands list is good, so is cn's. but i think my biggest problem last year definitely related to the idea that 1) there is no answer and 2) everything you learn in teh cases is to be applied. So, its like you read a case and from the case, you get the questions to ask about that doctrine. con. law is one of the best examples of this. so in that sense, writing an exam is more like an equation than a poli. sci endeavor. but at the same time, there is no right answer. I really thought there was first semester. or at least something that i should come out with, but there's not. And although some people think briefing is for the birds, i didn't do it first semester and i felt like i was missing something when it got to exam time, so i started briefing second semester and took reading notes. when it came time to compile my outline, i felt 1000 times more prepared so to each his own...
things to do:
1) read for class/start outlining early/
2) read additional materials--like law review articles and stuff
3) do practice exams
3.5) going to class is cool--but the class that i missed the most first semester i got my best grade in, so go figure.
things not to do:
1) avoid relationship drama--i was so sad about that kind of stuff first semester and it really dragged me down. and it wasn't even a real break-up from a serious relationship.
2) don't be so nice that your forget every person who is in your class is your competition.
3) don't eat krispy kremes and stop working out, like deltatau said you'll get fat and feel unhealthy and won't be as efficient. its so easy to just eat fast food--but cook some spaghetti and eat it all week, you'll save money and won't gain 30 lbs.