skippy1 wrote:Once you read a case and take notes, do you go back and review the concepts/rules from that case from the notes you took or the outline you are making? Or do later concepts build on the previous ones? I'm wondering how people keep from forgetting material from earlier in the semester.
A lot of people will probably disagree with what I do, but i outline as I go, and nail down the points as i go. That way I'm not outlining/panicking/cramming/trying to remember how stuff works in the end.
When i read cases, i don't take notes or brief, I just highlight major points and write in the margins in case I get called on. I only take down in my notes exactly what we talk about in class. Then, sometime around the end of every week I take everything from my notes and add it to my outline, as clearly and concisely as possible. I think doing this really cements the main points in my head. Then, at the end of the semester, I make mini outlines from those longer outlines, which is a great way for me to synthesize vast amounts of information.
Also, reading supplements as you go, even if you think you understand everything you heard in class, is another great way to solidify the information along the way.
My personal tactics, anyway.