pillowcase33 wrote:Am I the only one who finds 1L fall really difficult?
As a fellow 1L, I don't find the material to be difficult, as I find that my professors don't actually expect me to understand the difficult material anyway.... However, what is difficult is finding the motivation to read all the reading. In UG I definitely did not read at all, except cramming at the very end. Now, it's pretty certain you'd never be able to do that and want to be prepared for class discussion anyway. On the other hand, comparing the work load to my 9-5 job I used to have, it's not so bad. I think, if I put together all the time spent in class and actual time just spent straight up reading the material - it might amount to less than a 9-5 job. The motivation to push through so much reading each day is a little more difficult than the motivation to show up to your job... because you'd get fired.
I do it one day at a time, read all the readings the day before the day they've been assigned for. I don't try to read ahead. Copying what a previous posted said... definitely day-by-day.
Last point... I utilize a planner so heavily, before I never did. I'm referencing this thing so many times a day... for my readings, for calendar events I may want to attend, for things I have to do outside of law school that seem to get lost between class and readings. Really helps because I don't have to stress about "what was that thing I feel like I have to do, but can't remember I have to do..."