stillwater wrote:I know its anathema here but I really don't do many PTs. I think last semester I did one full, timed exam. Otherwise I did E&Es, sections of old exams, etc. but I really hated the idea of sitting down and writing for 3 hours. I like to know it cold and practice applying on a more limited scale.
Interesting. I never spend the full time on it. Usually half-time. I do them to try to get a feel for what the professor wants + get practice with playing with the facts.
Last semester I did ~3 for one class, and ~6 for each of my other 2. I broke them into pieces, so I wouldn't just sit there for 3 hours taking a full one, I'd do 1 part (which would be, say, an hour) one day then the 2nd part the next day, etc. But after classes were over, I stopped breaking them into pieces and actually sat there and did the full ones for (most of) the allotted time. I tried to leave ~30 minutes extra, half out of laziness and half because I knew that on the real exam I'd probably be nervous and work slower anyway.
I've tried analyzing my studying techniques from last semester to see what worked well and what didn't. I got 3 different grades, so I can sort of tell what to do more/less of (though I blame a lot of my worst grade on the fact that it was my first exam and I freaked out for the first half hour). The problem is, my best grade was in civ pro, which I feel like I knew the BLL the worst compared to my other 2 finals (and I only had 2 and 3 full days before those finals, and 5 before civ pro, of which I spent 3 doing nothing but vaguely reading through my outline), but did well because I basically copied tons of parts of old A/A+ exams from my professor into my outline and just re-wrote them on my test. I feel like I can't really do that for any of my classes since semester (partly because my professors probably won't be asking basically the same questions, partly because I don't have that many old exams from my professors since semester, and partly because I have 2 MC exams this semester), except maybe con law. Obviously, a lot of the points are in the analysis, and I still had to write all that from scratch, but... I don't know. I'd say the biggest change for me this semester from last semester is relying more on supplements (I have 1 or 2 for every class), since it seems like last semester, the people who used them more generally did better (obviously I don't know peoples grades, but I can tell).
stillwater wrote:I am gonna carry on this thread by myself. Allocating just one day to brief edits- today- then forgetting about it.
We had to rewrite our briefs with a partner. It was annoying as hell (and pretty pointless IMO) since we had to basically merge 2 briefs into 1.