jamescastle wrote: Kage3212 wrote:
Neff wrote:TX here. I've been procrastinating on doing my assigned practice essays so bad. Is it a terrible idea to focus on MBEs for now and start prepping for essays in July, or is that too late? I'm keeping up with all the videos, of course, including the state subjects.
Ive done all graded essays to date, but like you, have slacked a bit on outlining my essays. I have 3 overdue outlining assignments (been doing Adaptibar questions in conjunction with the Emmanuel books). However, writing essays and outlining will only help reinforce points of law and will force you to think them out and type them up. So I would say to do at least a few, and to not neglect essays entirely at this point. Its tough to do, specifically when topics are those such as wills and trusts and what not. Pain is gain I suppose.
How much help are you using when you outline/write the essays? Looking at the CMR or anything?
For me, I know sitting down and trying to do a 30 minute or even an hour essay would lead to frustration if I wasn't giving myself any aides. I'm definitely still at the "look at the model answer to know how to write anything well" stage. I'm in Texas and we've had one graded essay (the other was due today but I'll get it done this weekend) and I scored only a 15 on it so I know I need essay work.
Just curious as to how people are studying and preparing for essays so far.
I use the outlines or the lecture notes in constructing the rule elements of the responses. Obviously I need to work on memorizing those, but as with everyone else, when you are learning a ton of subjects it is hard to do that. Given that our time for essay completion on some assignments is "1.5" hours, I think they expect you to pull rules from your notes and what not.
There is an essay post in this forum that suggests reading essays, reading answers, and then retyping that answer as a form of muscle memory to cement rules. This may be effective, but I haven't gone that far yet. When outlining (ungraded essays), I have attempted to spout out some semblance of a rule, and after doing that with all issues in the outline, I will go back and compare that to the actual rule found in notes/model answers. I certainly do not mean to suggest that I can spout out rule statements at this point for essays, that would be some major memory skills with everything else that is being crammed into my skull at this point.