orangecup wrote:numbertwo88 wrote:orangecup wrote:Thanks for the awesome post!
Do you recommend making our own outlines? If so, when is the best time to start on those? After we finish a subject by lecture? In July?
Also, do you think outlines of your length (just a few pages in length) are most useful?
I made my own outlines for every MBE subject and every essay subject. I'd definitely aim to have them all done by July 1st 1- at that point you can just read and review them and have spend all of your other time practicing. You don't want to waste much of July learning material from scratch.
The essay subject outlines weren't as detailed as the MBE subjects - they literally just covered the most frequently tested areas on the exam.
I'm using Kaplan and they have NY subjects up til July 15 (the core is finished by July 10). Does that mean I should be working ahead of schedule (e.g., instead of spending 3 days on Property, doing it in 2..... OR spending time on weekends)?
I started early and spent perhaps 1.5 months outlining? I still did MBE questions (single subject every single day without missing a beat) and graded essays per the schedule. Even so, if you finish the core by July 15th and you still have your own outlines in your own words that you wrote along the way you'll be in a good place! After my outlines were done I was in a pretty strict review, MBE, essay regimen for the last month that I planned for myself (I used Themis).
Like you I did 3 days per MBE subject so I wouldn't change that! Maybe on weekends do 1 state essay outline? I kept my weekends light -- it's necessary for sanity!
So many people cram the law because much of June (hourly) is lectures/handouts. You want to retain & absorb the information as best as you can as you go along. I took maybe a morning or afternoon with each MBE outline after reading about the subject (for me lectures were too passive - I preferred reading long outlines/critical pass cards). Essay subjects are a tad easier to write as well (mine were like 1 to 2 pages), so finishing those outlines later is totally fine because they're not as time consuming.
I swear the people who go insane after July 4th haven't been sponges throughout the entire process. I didn't increase the hours I did work in the last month either due in part to retaining much of the law from the first 1.5 months.
Since it's still early in the game you'll definitely find your groove and fall into it