ToTransferOrNot wrote:JazzOne wrote:I didn't cite a single case in any of my exams. Curiouser and curiouser.
Just so you know, the point about shorthand applies universally--i.e., you're never going to get penalized for using the cases the way I use them. That isn't to say that it isn't possible to do quite well without using cases, sometimes.
You WILL have professors who insist on seeing case citations, though. Just be aware of that--I saw a few people last year do pretty well first semester in classes where profs didn't care about case citations. 2nd semester came around, they ended up pulling profs that care about case citations (but didn't explicitly say as much,) and they took an absolute nosedive in the 2nd semester grades.
Not saying you're doing it wrong, just trying to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to you.
Re: Prep -- I've seen it hurt a lot of people. I also question whether it really did help you or not--I think it is much more likely that, without prep, you would have had a substantially similar level of success.
Thanks for the tips. I will be careful to ask my professors about citing next semester.
I'll never know for sure what grades I would have gotten without the prep. I think it helped, but perhaps I'm just trying to be humble because it seems pretty arrogant to say, "I'd have killed the curve no matter what!"