Academic Success Tip - Create a Skeletal Outline for Every Course

Regardless of whether you will be taking a traditional law school exam, a take-home exam, an exam in which you are permitted to use your notes, or an exam in which you are permitted to use a one-page "cheat" sheet, you must create, memorize, and be able to write (in one or two minutes) a checklist of all the topics and subtopics covered in the course.  You can use this checklist as a handy guide to see if you have forgotten anything in your outline of an answer to an exam question.  The process of creating your own checklist (or "skeletal" outline) can also serve to gauge your level of understanding of the material.  If you cannot remember the checklist you create for a course, you do not know the material well enough.