The value of an outline is in its creation. Creation leads to subject mastery.

The best way to prepare for your final exams is to make an outline for each course. An outline is a comprehensive road map that consists of your class notes and case briefs in one document. An outline will become your primary, and possibly only, study aid for exams.

For help with creating a course outline, please check out this presentation, review the documents below or stop by the Office of Academic Success (Rm 212). You can also ask your Academic Fellow for help in creating a course outline.

Steps for Creating a Course Outline

Step One: Use Course Syllabus and Table of Contents

Step Two: Add Cases

Step Three: Find Big Picture and Re-Format

Step Four: Organize Ideas Around Concepts and Rules, Not Cases

Step Five: Add Hypos and Policy Arguments and Advance Organizers


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