notedgarfigaro wrote: Birdnals wrote:
elderpisimo wrote:I've now been successfully persuaded against reading any supplements. Ask me how it feels to make a complete 180.
Ha, good to hear. There are still things you can be doing though like romo mentioned. Improving typing speed is a great use of time IMO, especially if you have a boring desk job this summer. This site is what I used to make improving typing speed more fun. http://play.typeracer.com/
If I could redo anything, it'd be getting my typing speed up. When people can double what you type, it can really hurt. Obviously it's not a substitute for being able to take exams...but I know of at least one exam where I was negatively affected due to my average typing ability (and inability to let small mistakes go).
I'm just a lowly 1L and can't speak to the success of anything (grades take forever), but I know that many people are finishing with more then 40 wpm actually typed in a 3 hour exam. I came in at just about 40 WPM in torts, and I know of people that typed significantly more than I. Typing only 45 WPM seems like it would be a serious hindrance - you'd have to be typing as fast as you could, non stop, in order to keep up with the wordcount of those in your class who can type 100+ wpm. And while wordcount isn't the end all be all of issue spotter horse races, you get points for applying law to fact. You can apply a hell of a lot more law to fact in 7500 words than 4000.
As far as 0L reading goes (even with my snarky comments earlier), the truth of the matter is that the reading of supplements doesn't hurt. What I have concerns with is your stated goal of training yourself to have a better work ethic and sustain large amounts of reading. Relax. You want to be peaking coming into finals, not at the tail end of a year long drudge. I read the E&E's, GTM, 1L, Chemerinsky, and a bunch of other books coming as a 0L. It didn't hurt - but I wasn't slogging through, trying to maintain a work ethic. I just read them casually, in down time, in lieu of other reading. I think the main advantage to doing the supplements as a 0L is that it simply reduces your workload during the first few months a bit. You have a slightly easier time putting things into context, seeing the forest, and any reading reductions pre mid november are a good thing.
Obvious disclaimer: 1L with no grades back. For all you know I'm a complete retard in the bottom 10% of my class.