First Year: First Semester
-This is a time of trial and error
-Inefficiency is inevitable
-Use outside aid with reading if you have trouble “getting” doctrinal points
-After each class review:
-What did we do? How much time did we spend on each topic?
-What are the most important points?
-Cues on what to learn?
-Start outlining as soon as you have a “chunk”
After your first semester of your First Year
-Reflect on the past semester
-What worked for YOU and what did not?
-How are the expectations of THIS course the same/ different?
-Did you spend enough time studying? If so, what will make your use of time efficient?
*This probably will require less time on reading
-Review last semester’s exams
-Understand where you lost credit and relate it back to your study preparation
First Year: Second Semester
-You should be spending <80% of your time prepping for class
-By the 2nd half of the first semester have the end of the first half of the semester outlined
-Predict what will be tested on the final from the first half second semester
-Issue spot utilizing past exam questions
First Year: Third & Fourth Quarter of the Semester
-You should be spending <75% of your time prepping for class
-Start working practice problems
-What issues do the professor test?
-What does the professor expect in his/her answers?
Last 2 weeks before your final (if not before)
-Have outline completed
-Create a reduced “backbone”/ skeletal outline
-Practice pre-written answers