banjo wrote:As a 2L you just get more efficient. The 1Ls taking Corps as an elective probably do 10x as much work as I do for that class, but we'll be equally ready for the exam.
i think in some cases it's not efficiency so much as getting more experienced at tests and studying 8 hrs/day vs. 1 hr/day maybe being worth like .1-.2 per semester. at some point the cost-benefit changes.
I would say it also has to do with knowing that cold calls and impressing the professor don't matter too much. A lot of 2Ls slack off for the semester and then cram at the end of the semester. If you have a schedule that's mixed with paper classes and clinics, you could easily have a schedule that only has two exams. When you have two exams and 14 days total during exam period to cram for those exams, you can effectively learn the entire course if you sit down for a six days and just read and outline (and do papers in between). You also likely can pick out what's important more efficiently from having already done that for a year.
Some also move away from actually taking practice tests in 1L to just outlining answers in 2L (or just looking at the test format). Familiarity comes in here and goes a long way, especially if it's a professor you has before.