shredderrrrrr wrote:Personally, I have just recently started taking every one of my outlines and condensing them into bare-minimum, one-page outlines to then just repeatedly study, hoping I retain what they say. But I imagine flashcards would have a similar benefit (I just prefer using an outline of sorts because, in my head, I remember the actual document when I recall memorized information).
That's not a bad idea. So you're basically just sticking to the elements of each rule, without diving into the sub-elements?
For instance, I've been memorizing that acceptance of a non-conforming tender may be done in 4 ways: by telling the seller, by taking the nonconforming goods, by failing to properly reject, and by taking an action that is inconsistent with the seller's ownership of the goods. Whereas, my impression is that your outline is more along the lines of "when confronted with a non-conforming tender, the buyer may accept, reject, or accept in part and reject in part."
It really depends, but I generally still include sub-elements (to be clear, some of my sheets are not necessarily only "one" page). My approach is based on how I best recall large amounts of data.
What I do is open up a blank document as well as the outline I created for a particular subject from the lecture/questions. I then go page-by-page of the outline and type and format into my new document everything that I feel is absolutely essential to know from the outline, excluding all the merely explanatory information, redundancies, superfluous language, and the like. If it is a subject I really suck at, I'm likely to have more information--if I really
know something, I'll likely just put a word or two to remind me where it fits in. For instance, under my "Pre-Incorporation Liability" heading in my condensed Corporations outline, I have a line for both "Before" and "After" formation. For the "After" bullet, I just have "C liable only if novation." Since I remember this topic pretty well, that alone is all I need to recall to remember that the promoter is still liable for Ks entered into prior to incorporation, that promoter can indemnify C (my shorthand for Corporation) if C is liable, that novation/acceptance should be referenced rather than ratification, that novation can be express or implied, and what exactly novation is. If I didn't know all that stuff, I would've added more to the bullet point. All I'm really looking for is a recollection trigger I suppose.
My goal is to have a document where I can not only study what I need to know (i.e. both the general rule and the sub-elements you mentioned), but do so in a way where I can visually recall it. So using your example, I would likely have (I haven't done one for K yet) a heading of "Acceptance" and somewhere below it a subheading of "Non-Conforming Tender" with four bullet points of "1. Tell seller," "2. Taking goods," "3. Improper rejection," and "4. Action inconsistent with S ownership." Come test day, I would ideally be able to recall the information without any struggle. In the likely event that doesn't happen, however, I would be able to visualize my outline and know that I (obviously) have a non-conforming acceptance section. My brain works as such that I would be able to visualize that section and know there were 4 bullet points, all of which were pretty short. At a minimum, this gives me something
to work with. Normally I can think of, say, one of the sub-elements and then, when combining that with the visualization, work out what the others are.
This is just what works for me (or at least has in the past) though and I'd recommend tailoring it for yourself. If you visually retain things, make it condensed and visually distinct so you can recall things that way. If you care more about just rote memorization, focus on just cutting the bullshit and putting everything you need to know (simply to maximize your studying efficiency).