Group outline/solo outline

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Group outline/solo outline

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:14 am

I'm a 1L. I have an up to date outline for three of four doctrinal classes, and my plan is to do the other one in the next couple weeks, keep them up to date, consult some past outlines I have from upper classmen to refine them, meet with the profs in november to go over details, make sure I have everything straight.

I found out this week that six of the people in my section (all of whom are active in class, seem to get the material) have banded together. They are making a group outline for each of our classes to share amongst them. Each of them is getting tutoring from a 2L/3L student who did well in one of the classes, so they can share tips to success for a given professor. They are using their free time (since they have a group outline) to do supplement hypos, to meet with the professors to go over hypos, etc.

Should I be concerned about this? I have to admit I was kind of jealous since it would be much easier to have a small group writing an outline rather than going through all the work myself. On the other hand, it may be smart to stay away from this type of Survivor-esque alliance stuff, since it seems highly likely to lead to drama/back-stabbing. However, I'm concerned about missing out on key information (for instance, apparently one of our profs re-used a sample essay question from a particular book last year, so i'm going to look at that book in case he does the same thing again).

Any thoughts from people who have either group outline->profit, group outline->disaster, or individual outline->success?

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Re: Group outline/solo outline

Postby Hippononymous » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:30 am

I would say that six people is too many for a group outline. If you want to band together, make sure your partner has something you don't (e.g. more thorough notes, better at talking through problems, more rigid at making a schedule for the "team" and sticking to it, etc.).

2-3 people is enough, imo.

As for "supplement hypos," your time is better spent doing practice exams that the professor has actually written. Don't wait until the end of the semester to do practice exams. Start at the beginning of November.

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