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 Post subject: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:15 pm 
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So, I'm sitting here trying to get ahead before my LARW Briefs start pulling me away from my classes.

Would you guys recommend Reading Ahead in the Casebook/Topics or Begin Outlining?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:18 pm 
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Read ahead and outline the material as you're reading, then add in whatever the prof says when you get to it in class.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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neither. enjoy your extra free time before you have a lot of shit to do. you should be able to balance a brief and doctrinal work at the same time


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:12 pm 
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If you're legitimately struggling to keep up in classes, read a good short hornbook on the subject. Otherwise, relax.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Neither. Plenty of time to work hard later in the semester. Gun like that right now and you'll burn out hard.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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If you have free time, I think getting a short supplement like Emanuels (not E&E) or an outline from a previous year and reading it could be helpful in giving you a leg up. You will probably find that many of the topics are easy to understand without going to class and listening to your professors.

This was much closer to finals, but last year I took a weekend and read a supplement for a class cover to cover and was basically ready to take the exam.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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I'm a read ahead and read supplements guy myself. I don't generally start outlining until halfway through the semester at the earliest, but that's just me.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Ron Don Volante wrote:
Gun like that right now and you'll burn out hard.


Man, this is just me personally but I'd much rather put in an extra hour or two a day now to get ahead than have to run around like crazy later on. The latter of those is what burns me out.


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MarkfromWI wrote:
Ron Don Volante wrote:
Gun like that right now and you'll burn out hard.


Man, this is just me personally but I'd much rather put in an extra hour or two a day now to get ahead than have to run around like crazy later on. The latter of those is what burns me out.


There's no reason to do this unless you aren't comprehending the class material.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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It's not that I'm not comprehending the material, I'm comprehending it just fine. It's just that getting ahead of the material and avoiding that cramming at the end of the semester is a way for me to manage anxiety. In my perfect world I finish all new material with like two weeks of class and essentially extend my reading period. Diff'rent strokes for different folks I guess


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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MarkfromWI wrote:
It's not that I'm not comprehending the material, I'm comprehending it just fine. It's just that getting ahead of the material and avoiding that cramming at the end of the semester is a way for me to manage anxiety. In my perfect world I finish all new material with like two weeks of class and essentially extend my reading period. Diff'rent strokes for different folks I guess


If you understand the material, there is literally nothing to cram for. There's also not much to be gained from PTs until a few weeks before exams at the earliest. Calm down.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Read ahead and outline the material as you're reading, then add in whatever the prof says when you get to it in class.


This. I outline almost every day- I outline the previous day's material.
I also stay ahead in the reading. That way, you'll have extra time to do other stuff near the end of the semester and don't have to stress out when a professor crams all the hard stuff at the end.

I know people who think the amount of work I've put in is excessive. But it has paid off for me.


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You could also read your professors papers that are relevant to the course


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Outline then drink. Do note cards then drink.

Every weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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lacrossebrother wrote:
You could also read your professors papers that are relevant to the course


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Squintz805 wrote:
So, I'm sitting here trying to get ahead before my LARW Briefs start pulling me away from my classes.

Would you guys recommend Reading Ahead in the Casebook/Topics or Begin Outlining?



Why Are We Capitalizing Random Words?

And reading ahead/outlining ahead is a good way to prime yourself for learning the material when your professor teaches it. It obviously isn't necessary, but it might help. Just be sure to pay close attention to how your professor teaches it.

I gunned hard 1L, but I read ahead and finished all of my semester readings/outlines about a month before exams. I think it was really helpful to have those last few weeks to do practice exams and not try to cram new information into my head.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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The only thing I did was go to professor office hours and have a talk with them about what I should take away from class and readings (basically, just to see what their view is) and then ask them what common mistakes they see in exams. Other than that, I'm enjoying this month or so of easy going before I have to actually do shit.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Way to Get Ahead: Start Outlining or Read Ahead?
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Play video games. That way when everyone is peaking stress-wise around exams, you're not and will have a shitload more energy.


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