MURPH wrote:I thought that you could adjust the screen and the text size on exam soft to make it readable. I did that in law school. I am not using examsoft now but I am pretty sure there is a way to zoom in.
fl0w, what is it that you write on the paper? Above you wrote "i really don't know what to tell you (aside from please learn how to outline a PT)" If you could give me an idea of what you put in your outline I'd try to imitate it and maybe it will work.
My professors in law school told me to outline the tests too. I did it on paper at first but I realized that I was just doing more work by writing sloppy shit once on paper then trying to write it nicely on examsoft. Whereas, if i just take notes on examsoft, I can copy and paste things fairly quickly if i need to, like if I am breaking a statute into elements. I can do it right there on the screen. If i leave a sloppy mess of notes at the bottom, it is easy to delete.
Not that I copy and paste a lot on these but sometimes I move things around when midway through the exam I realize it makes more sense to have things in a different order. NOTE to anyone doing this. Copy, paste then delete. During my 2L year there was a bug in exam soft where if you cut and pasted more than 500 characters it wouldn't paste. It happened to me and several classmates during our Wills and trusts final. I basically deleted a short paragraph and had to re-write in the closing minutes. Other students got screwed much harder and lost a lot of stuff without time to fix it. There was a lot of panic in the class as people started shouting that their stuff was being deleted in the last minutes of the exam.
So what I would say is that your approach is too focused on what a computer does for you. Realize what a computer does not do for you.
The computer isn't what makes it easy to organize and write your answer. That's all you. The key is having all of this organized before you write anything at all so that you have your outline SET and then you can just freakin type like a madman without stopping (occasional look to copy the rule or fact from the material). The computer's only purpose is that you can type faster than you can write and it is legible. If that's not true for you, then don't even use a computer.
You shouldn't have to reorganize as you are writing your answer. That is a time sink. And you may even start doubting yourself which is a major downer.
I would be terrified to use ExamSoft for my outline because
- screen issues you mentioned
- potential bugs
- possibility of power outage
- possibility of computer failure
God forbid your computer explodes at minute 80. Using your method you are royally fucked. you just failed the bar.
By using paper you are still in the game.
What I do...
Outline the Library - I've discussed what i think is critical to capture, and so have others
Outline the File - this is tougher and ends up looking more like notes (reminder of the fact, where it is in the file) so you can reference them later.
The REAL outline
- Now use the two outlines made and make a real freakin outline. It combines what you had in the library and file
- if you've done it correctly, you will only have to reference any of the provided materials MINIMALLY for the remainder of the PT
*you can get all of the above done by minute 90-100. I try to finish by 90 so I can take a 10min break. Sometimes something clicks when you walk away for a few min. But sometimes there just isn't time for a break right?
Again, to each their own, and some may call this approach crazy, but I've been extremely happy with it and am looking forward to the PTs as my "favorite part" of the exam.