I have pre-written "starter" answers for all of my classes (open book). For example, in Civ Pro, I have short answers for PJ, SMJ, Rules, Erie, etc. Basically it gives the rule and requirements in a canned answer, then all that is left is to apply it to the facts. I think this will help improve my speed because I won't have to think of exactly how I want to phrase something. I just copy it from my notes, and move on to the analysis. This concept seems to also work really well for torts, and to a lesser extent, property.
yea, this was what i was trying to get at in my earlier post. some professors give you an extra point or something if you are organized like this. for example, one of my professors said that a point was award on an issue if a student laid out the rule right off the bat. so, for example, "the prima facie elements of negligence are duty, breach, cause-in-fact, prox cause, and damage." i found this a bit ridiculous because in every negligence discussion i would lay out those elements by having a separate "section" for each. but the professor makes the rules. so i think this type of system is really good for catching easy, non-brainer points. and maybe it helps because the relevant rules are right there and you're typing them. i would also include more than just the bare bone rule, and try to convey what the rule is trying to achieve, and possibly other policy stuff. but that depends on the rule and context of the fact pattern.
but this can kill a lot time, and i do this at the very end. usually i'll just take someone's response from a hypo that i liked and dump/collect them in a file and print it. i think hypos are most important, after you understand wtf is going on in the subject (which is a real time drain). so final point, and i will leave this thread, is that don't get too bogged down by this stuff. it'll capture some points, but you have to think about how many points you're losing because you haven't looked at a ton of hypos. more points, i think, can be earned through proper analysis and issue spotting than good organization. if you have the luxury of time, then go for the gold. otherwise prioritize wisely and you might still get that A.