Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

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carsondalywashere
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Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby carsondalywashere » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:06 pm

Which approach is better, or is this a personal fit question?

I have been working on reading ahead so I can have the last two weeks to work on practice exams. As of right now it has been going well, but I am afraid of only having a surface level understanding of the material (I have no idea if this is actually the case. It's hard to tell, as I am able to follow along in class and generally understand the concepts, but I am a long way from seeing how things fit together). Would it be a better use of my time to reread assignments instead of plowing ahead?

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:47 pm

If you're not having trouble following along in class, then there probably isn't any issue with reading ahead. If you end up having trouble, then slow down.

No one can tell you what's going to work best for you in this scenario.

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby NoDayButToday » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:41 pm

To the extent that I could bullshit my way through coldcalls, I tended to read after class / be a day behind. That way when I was going through the reading, I could be efficient--closely reading what was covered in class while skimming the rest. Usually would just skim before.

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby carsondalywashere » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:08 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:If you're not having trouble following along in class, then there probably isn't any issue with reading ahead. If you end up having trouble, then slow down.

No one can tell you what's going to work best for you in this scenario.

I'm still feeling good (obviously have some difficulty immediately recalling details), so I'm going to forge ahead. Thanks!

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby carsondalywashere » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:08 pm

NoDayButToday wrote:To the extent that I could bullshit my way through coldcalls, I tended to read after class / be a day behind. That way when I was going through the reading, I could be efficient--closely reading what was covered in class while skimming the rest. Usually would just skim before.

I have been tempted to try out this approach. I might experiment with one class and see how it compares with the others

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby c28 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:07 pm

carsondalywashere wrote:
NoDayButToday wrote:To the extent that I could bullshit my way through coldcalls, I tended to read after class / be a day behind. That way when I was going through the reading, I could be efficient--closely reading what was covered in class while skimming the rest. Usually would just skim before.

I have been tempted to try out this approach. I might experiment with one class and see how it compares with the others


This maybe works if you go to a school where your professors can't smell bullshit from a mile away. I also think the temptation with this method is to slowly stop reading altogether.

On some level, reading is absolutely a personal fit thing. I usually read a week or so ahead and then review my notes in the margins to refresh my memory just before class starts. The benefit of this is that I've never feared being called on or worried about having to BS my way to an answer. Also, it buys me extra time if something comes up that throws off my normal schedule because I've built in a few days to catch up.

What works for me: Read ahead of time, take notes and/or brief well if you are reading cases. I color-code for quick reference during class rather than type up an actual brief. For example, relevant facts are highlighted in purple, holdings are green, et cetera. This has saved me so many times during cold calls if my memory falters.

Don't do things just because others are doing them. If it works for you, do it. If it doesn't, find something new. There were some people who typed up full briefs for every case for every class. I stopped doing that about 3 days in to 1L because the pay-off for me just wasn't equal to the work I was putting in. It was intimidating at first to break from the pack and I know there were people who thought I was slacking for not spending hours each weak typing up case summaries. But ultimately I was more comfortable having developed my own style and that helped me avoid burnout and actually enjoy class.

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Re: Reading Ahead vs. Rereading

Postby carsondalywashere » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:27 pm

c28 wrote:
carsondalywashere wrote:
NoDayButToday wrote:To the extent that I could bullshit my way through coldcalls, I tended to read after class / be a day behind. That way when I was going through the reading, I could be efficient--closely reading what was covered in class while skimming the rest. Usually would just skim before.

I have been tempted to try out this approach. I might experiment with one class and see how it compares with the others


This maybe works if you go to a school where your professors can't smell bullshit from a mile away. I also think the temptation with this method is to slowly stop reading altogether.

On some level, reading is absolutely a personal fit thing. I usually read a week or so ahead and then review my notes in the margins to refresh my memory just before class starts. The benefit of this is that I've never feared being called on or worried about having to BS my way to an answer. Also, it buys me extra time if something comes up that throws off my normal schedule because I've built in a few days to catch up.

What works for me: Read ahead of time, take notes and/or brief well if you are reading cases. I color-code for quick reference during class rather than type up an actual brief. For example, relevant facts are highlighted in purple, holdings are green, et cetera. This has saved me so many times during cold calls if my memory falters.

Don't do things just because others are doing them. If it works for you, do it. If it doesn't, find something new. There were some people who typed up full briefs for every case for every class. I stopped doing that about 3 days in to 1L because the pay-off for me just wasn't equal to the work I was putting in. It was intimidating at first to break from the pack and I know there were people who thought I was slacking for not spending hours each weak typing up case summaries. But ultimately I was more comfortable having developed my own style and that helped me avoid burnout and actually enjoy class.


Awesome advice, thank you!!




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