rbgrocio wrote:My contribution, as a 2L, was that most of what you guys are doing is useless at this point. But since you obviously have already talked yourselves into reading ALL these books that are going to help little, if at all... I guess there is nothing else to say.
This is what I was trying to get at before. What irritates me about this forum is that people are told over, and over, and over again that they are wasting their time but they just put their hands over their ears and refuse to listen.
The idea of this thread isn't terrible - to compile useful information from many threads and put it into one useful thread. Tips for using OneNote efficiently? Yeah, I guess that's useful, although I'd predict that the percentage of people who keep using the same note-taking system from day 1 of classes throughout the entire semester will be in the single-digits, percentage-wise.
However, almost all of what I've seen in this thread is entirely pointless. More than that, it's detrimental, in my opinion. People have already scheduled a date on which they will take practice exams? Seriously? Why do people refuse to accept that stressing out to this degree about 1L year is not good for you? It's unfortunate that "chill out" is taken as a flame and nothing more, because if there is one piece of advice that I, as someone who did very well 1L year, would give to incoming 1Ls, it's "chill the fuck out." It doesn't matter how you format your notes in OneNote. You don't need to schedule your practice exams. You don't need to plan out what you will do every fucking Saturday from now until the end of the semester.
There is an appropriate time to stress out during your first semester. Now is not that time. Just focus on going to class and doing your reading. The rest will fall into place. Really, I'm serious. It will. Law school is hard, but the part about it that is hard is not the planning part. Planning, scheduling, taking notes (oh my god seriously you guys it does not matter which program you use to take notes) - those things are easy. All of the people I knew who couldn't just let go of things like "how should I format my notes?!" are the ones who did not do well.
I understand what it's like to be full of anxiety and to want to try to control every single last thing you possibly can in an effort to get rid of that anxiety, but guess what? It doesn't work. Just. Stop.
I know this post is going to be met with scorn, derision, and a lot of "lalalala I can't hear you," but I hope at least one person listens throws out their dayplanner or whatever the fuck they've got going on that they think is instrumental to success.