Oh, I left out earlier: I also don't take class notes. Anyway, the casebooks are specifically written so that you have to divine the rules from the cases. Useful skill. But they also include secondary rules in the cases, but sometimes those are outdated or minority rules and you don't get the context for it. They also don't tell you when the rule would be applied in a completely different way under different circumstances. Casebooks are made to create and perpetuate confusion. The Restatements are written to make things clear.
The ONLY thing that made 1L hard, at all, was legal writing. It especially didn't help that I will likely never use anything that was being shoved down our throats in that class. Finding out the proper format for a final paper for a writing style you have little experience with, in addition to mounds of the most idiotic busy work throughout the semester beforehand...not my idea of fun.
All the above