chimp wrote:Outlining should be used more to synthesize and learn the relevant material.
This is why I outline throughout the semester and continually update it. It provides an excellent way to test my knowledge and see what I need to improve on. During the test there won't be enough to time to reference your notes or outline. It's more of a back up than anything else.
It's the process that's key. Depending on your learning styles you could avoid doing an outline. Suprisingly, LEEWS specifically discourages making your own outline. Wentworth Miller recommends you study commercial outlines. If you can do it, more power to you. I feel much safer investing the time into making an outline (on top of practicing exams.)
Note: I have three exams. Only one allows an outline -- and that's a maximum 1 page front/back outline. I made a "macro" outline (~15-20 pages) for each class with all of the course material. Then I made a ~5 page outline with all of the key material to memorize. Any time I don't understand the small outline I go back to the "macro" outline to reference the idea. If I don't understand my "macro" outline I reference an outline from a previous semester.
My view may be different than people who get to have a formal 20-80 page outline in front of them during the exam.