Lincoln wrote: Cobretti wrote:
Lincoln wrote:Keep in mind that a lot of this is just personal. I regret all use of supplements.
Just curious, why? I've heard a bunch of arguments for them, but I've never heard someone argue against them.
I found that doing the reading carefully, attending class (and paying attention), and engaging with the material both in class (instead of playing solitaire) and when reading is a lot more helpful in terms of learning the material. I'm generally terrible at memorization of rules or mnemonics, but if I actually understand the underlying policy or can relate it to a fact pattern, it sinks in better. Most of my friends (and we're all top 1/3 and have V15 jobs or clerkships lined up) agree with me. It sometimes requires more work, but I prefer reading the cases. I served as a TA for both LRW and Civ Pro, and I think my approach was helpful in that role, too.
Just to play devil's advocate to everyone, can't a student do both (read cases and use supplements)? Secondly, your point about paying attention in class is very well-placed, sage advice!
This discourse really hammers home the point that there are many tried-and-true approaches, but in the end it's up to the individual to decide what works best for him/her. Everyone gets the gist of the prevailing advice: (1) develop a plan and try to stick with it, (2) see your profs outside of class (not as much for help as to build relationships), (3) be done outlining by a reasonable date, and (4) take lots of practice exams - because, in the end, it's all about the exam.
The billion-dollar question I think 0L's want answered is "how can one do #1 without wasting valuable time experimenting during their first 1L semester and beyond?" After all, there is no room for experimentation, only slight adjustments in your approach. I could be wrong, but it would appear that a 1L maximizes his/her chances for success by having a solid plan that he/she can stick with.