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Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?

Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« on: December 02, 2008, 11:04:29 PM »
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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008, 11:08:36 PM »
yes

Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008, 11:16:19 PM »
I'm considering not fully outlining for two classes.  I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on the material, am working from another's outline and feel my time would be better served attacking a stack of old exams I got from the library.

What do you think about that strategy?

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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008, 11:16:44 PM »
I'm considering not fully outlining for two classes.  I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on the material, am working from another's outline and feel my time would be better served attacking a stack of old exams I got from the library.

What do you think about that strategy?

A lot of people do that. It is not a bad plan.

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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 12:13:25 AM »
I do it consistently.  It works out.  If you plan to use the outline during the exam, just spend a little time to reformat it in a way that works for you, check for errors, insert some missing information, etc.

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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 12:18:18 AM »
granted I've never taken an exam but I got ahold of a GREAT civ pro outline that is 100x better than mine would have been. studying and modifying as necessary.

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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008, 07:47:42 AM »
I've only made a few outlines in law school, it can be done, I know people who don't use outlines at all just make flash cards, use what works for you

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Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008, 08:43:54 AM »
I say its fine as long as you actually do have a good grasp of the material. Take a couple practice exams quickly, if you are missing a lot of issues... then try to at least force yourself to write down those concepts in your own words.

Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2008, 10:49:33 AM »
I have heard this question from a few underclassmen at my school.  My advice is the same, for the first semester you MUST write an outline for every class.  After you get your feet wet with law school exams and grading you can tweak your system to fit your needs, but for the first semester I would take the extra steps and write a full comprehensive outine.  Using someone else's outline, in my opinion, is the most dangerous trap you can set for yourself.  It's hardly the information in the outline that provides the best exam prep, but the actual outline writing that forces you to pull everything together in a cohesive fashion. 

I didn't feel like spell checking or re-reading this post, so I don't care if there's grammar or spelling errors.

Re: Can you ever get away without fully outlining a class?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2008, 11:18:42 AM »
I've never actually made my own outline for a class. I sort of did once.