bk1 wrote:We agree for the most part. My point is more that while there are things in your post (and others) that convey that it is your opinion, they aren't all that forceful (I can have the opinion that my way is the correct way all the time for other people and it still be an opinion even though it isn't personalized). I agree that not any old approach will do but it is quite possible to get above median by using an old outline and doing a half week of cramming so the range of possible approaches is quite broad.
I do agree that learning by doing was quite effective for me and others (and might be the most effective method generally). As a side note I disagree that one needs to do any learning by doing outside of practice tests. Maybe others find that helpful or maybe that works for other profs, but I found that practice tests and an old outline as a basis for your outline (the latter mainly to save time) could be the minimum for doing decently.
Maybe my post above qualifies as what you're describing, i.e., one that states that it's just one approach but then presents itself as the only solution. There is one part of my post that I do consider to be "truth" rather than "personalized" and that's that you should avoid trying to "hack" law school or use some fringe approach that involves not reading the cases at all and not going to class. Short of that, however, there is a broad range of effective approaches: from strictly using old outlines and supplements to a more traditional approach like I used.
In the end, as many including myself have said on this forum before, a substantial portion of your 1L GPA is outside your control. Innate intelligence (of a very particular type) and innate mental stamina (of a very particular type) are a immutable traits that I believe explain a large portion of the variation in law school grades. Then there's randomness introduced by the idiosyncrasies of what material appears on the test, how you perform on test day, and the inherent imprecision of grading issue spotters.
Like you said, in the end, the curve isn't going anywhere. But I'm sure the 0Ls reading this thread are hoping their peers don't read TLS.