Any other advice regarding Simmons? (other than checking out that Kaplan guide?) I feel like I know what a case is about and then when he talks in class I get completely confused and lost.
It might have been the other major bar prep company that he ripped from, I cant remember.
1st semester: I followed the cases, read diligenty, basically gunned in class (hand up all the time, all the right answers) and saw him all the time in officer hours - I got an 85 on test.
2nd semester: Burnt out, didn't care, hardly did the reading, bs-d when I got called on. At the end, I signed up for one of those study session thing with an upper classman. They basically went over an outline. I got an 89 (that's a giant leap btw- the difference top 50% and like top 20% or so).
Moral of the story: He is a horrible teacher, do not worry about the cases- get help from someone who knows what they are doing?? I Guess??
He loves the notes. Read the notes. I know one person who got a very good grade first semester based on reading the notes. A lot of people said the notes are where you can get the relevant rules from.
If I were you, I would get a brief book keyed to contracts and spend 5 mins on each case- just enough for class. Then I would meticulously go over notes (before and after each case)- those will teach you what is what and hopefully help you extract relevant rules. Also, throw in kaplan + other brand (can't recall name) BAR study guides. And then I would sign up for teh tutoring stuff at the end.
I know thats kind of rambling and not super direct, but I honestly do not know the exact"formula" for him- I'm not sure there is one.
If it were me I would:
1. Buy a brief book keyed to the cases- do not waste your time on them- its important to get the RULE out of them, but the facts and such are irrelevant.
2. Read the notes- this will help you get the rule you are supposed to apply.
3. Pay attention in class- in order to try and get the Rule from each case. Do not try to hard to understand- it hurts too much.
4. About halfway through semester, I would start diving into kaplan/bar prep books
5. About halfway start trying to construct your own outline. STart putting it on flash cards and try to memorize ( i did this second semester).
6. When it gets to be about a month left, sign up for the small group tutoring thing.