Last semester I did pretty well (somewhere in the top 1/3) but I studied excessively, maybe 70+ hours a week, every week. I felt burned out by the time finals were around and then afterward I felt cheated that 90% of what I knew wasn't even on the exams. I then decided on a new strategy--just keep my mind completely fresh. I didn't read cases the entire way through, just got what I needed from listening to class, and looked over old outlines so I knew where we were at. About three weeks before exams I did my own outlines and it made me sort of nervous because it felt like I was teaching myself all of the material for the first time. The result was that I felt really brimming with intellectual energy right when exams rolled around and not burned out at all.I got my grades back the other day and aced every single class. Furthermore, I got the top grade in 3 of 4 classes. Less really is more--I deserved these grades last semester when I busted my ass but got them this semester when I probably averaged 5 hours a week of study until the last few weeks. I know a few other people on this board were taking this approach. How did it turn out for you?
So is the reasoning here that the anxiety of trying to do everything is somehow causing a loss of focus as to what the teacher wants on test day?