Hope yall summer is going well. Can you guys go into more depth on the mentoring program. Also how did you approach upperclass members initially in the semester? Were most amenable to answering questions about exam content/professors? How did you determine whether their advice was useful?
Almost every upperclassmen I talked to was very friendly and forthcoming with advice. I plan on doing the same thing. We were all 1Ls very recently, so we remember how confusing and at times overwhelming the experience is. Honestly approaching and introducing yourself works 99% of the time. Mentors are hit or miss, but you can approach almost any upperclassman about advice.
How solid the advice is depends on what question you're asking. If you're asking "how do I do well?", well everyone's different so advice might or might not be useful. When you ask "what is this professor's exam like?", almost everyone will give you a spot-on answer (assuming they took that prof) because, again, it happened very recently. Once you figure out what a professor's exam is like, it's up to you to come up with the best studying strategy. And again, just be friendly and ask a lot of people. If 10 ppl tell you the same thing about an exam, then chances are it's accurate so you should adjust your studying accordingly.
So it's not that upperclassmen have the magical answer to how to study and do well, they can just provide info on how you will be tested, so you can tailor your studying accordingly.
edit: congrats Arbiter, nice to see that douches leaving
frees up spots for more deserving people