emarxnj wrote:Annnnnd I'm getting nervous. Should we be outlining yet? Based on my syllabuses (syllabi?) were just about halfway through the material. I still feel like I'm missing something, like I'm not learning the right black letter law or the big concepts.
There's no right answer to when to outline. Get started when you have time and think it would be useful. It will take a while, so don't leave it until a week before your finals. Otherwise don't let the specifics of the timing or form of the outlining get to you (if at all possible!).
emarxnj wrote: I know it does take a while, I just don't really get why. It's all information I have in my notes/casebook/supplements no?
The synthesizing can take a very long time. It's a short and simple thing just to dump text from notes into a list and call it an outline, it can be a much slower and painstaking process to distill things down to important, succinct and organized rules.
sublime wrote:How do you deal with days when you have like four classes, your brain feels like jello, yet you should be reading and outlining? Any tips?
When you're going through hell, keep going. Alternatively, take a break if you need it.
I built an incredible empire in Rome: Total War while procrastinating during the week before finals 1L year and came out ahead. You have to work hard, but you do not have to work 24/7. Know yourself and pace yourself.