Opinions on CALI lessons?

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Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby engineer » Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:50 pm

How do you guys feel about CALI lessons? I tried the contracts ones last semester, but got fed up and just read the E&E instead. Still got a 90 in the class.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby Renzo » Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:55 pm

I think they're useful, but not my first line of study aids. I like to go through them as I am outlining as sort of a double-check that I am understanding things correctly.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby mbusch22 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:57 pm

Should you generally save the CALI lessons for later in the semester, in order to review for exams? Or is it o.k. to use them as the class goes on, to reinforce casebook and EE reading?

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby JPeavy44 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:02 pm

I found that they're very hit or miss. It was helpful as extra practice problems though once I finished an E&E or something. I did them all at the end of the semester.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby Welp2277 » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:48 pm

They are fantastic. I used them in a very specific way: during reading period, once I had gone through my outline enough times, done all of my professors practice exams on file, read the relevant supplement material (usually E&E), I would use CALI lessons as a study aid to reaffirm what I had already learned. Basically, when I was sick of all of my other materials, to the point to where I didn't want to study, I used CALI as something new and different that had yet to get stale. I found the lessons pretty helpful for Torts, Contracts, and Crim Law. Hope this helps!

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby goaheadualright » Wed May 01, 2013 12:06 am

I loooove Cali. keeps you engaged idk why more people don't use

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby stillwater » Wed May 01, 2013 12:15 am

CALI is garbage.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby Bikeflip » Wed May 01, 2013 12:23 am

Depends. There's been a few times where CALI and my prof have disagreed over something. It's great for evidence, though.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby adonai » Wed May 01, 2013 12:59 am

stillwater wrote:CALI is garbage.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby mephistopheles » Wed May 01, 2013 4:54 am

adonai wrote:
stillwater wrote:CALI is garbage.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby notedgarfigaro » Wed May 01, 2013 10:29 am

Welp2277 wrote:They are fantastic.


and

stillwater wrote:CALI is garbage.


are both credited, depending on the subject.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby sidhesadie » Wed May 01, 2013 11:09 am

I use them for multiple choice exams. I don't use them if the exam is going to be an issue spotter, I just haven't found it helpful.

There have definitely been times that my prof and CALI disagreed, but for that matter I've had a few times where my prof and Barbri disagreed, too. I just note the discrepancy, and then look it up. If I'm still not sure, I ask the prof. Just remember what your prof said is "right" even when it's wrong. :)

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby Younger Abstention » Sun May 05, 2013 4:54 pm

It's ok, but need to be careful that the CALI lesson is teaching you the same law as your professor teaches.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby chicubs88 » Sun May 05, 2013 5:04 pm

In my experience, they are useful when its a class that closely adheres to a specific set of rules (ex: Evidence or UPC Rules of Succession in an Estates class). Beyond that the value drops dramatically because professors teach their classes differently and the variance between what they care about, and what the CALI lessons focus on is too great to be that helpful.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby goaheadualright » Fri May 10, 2013 7:46 pm

I think they are amazing and I have learned a lot from them. Underrated!

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby lawyerdown27 » Fri May 10, 2013 9:59 pm

notedgarfigaro wrote:
Welp2277 wrote:They are fantastic.


and

stillwater wrote:CALI is garbage.


are both credited, depending on the subject.


This. As far as timing, I like to save them until the end of the semester. If I find that they're worth anything, it's at least a change of pace from reading outlines/supplements/old exams.

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Re: Opinions on CALI lessons?

Postby hiima3L » Sat May 11, 2013 8:11 am

notedgarfigaro wrote:
Welp2277 wrote:They are fantastic.


and

stillwater wrote:CALI is garbage.


are both credited, depending on the subject.


This.

The disparity in quality depending on the subject and lesson is unbelievable.




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