I was given wonderful advice prior to my first year: do what is comfortable to you.
If you don't like studying in groups-- don't. If you don't feel like you get enough out of working on your own-- find a group. You like the Outlining method to study, do that. If you like notecards/flashcards, that's fine.
Do not listen to what other students say (unless, of course, they're talking about a reading assignment that you forgot about-- definitely jump on that). But what I mean is, some people will try to psych you out. Others will unintentionally psych you out because they're describing how they do their work-- but that's not how you have to do yours.
Obviously you have done something right with studying if you've gotten into law school. Now is not the time to change your habits.
And although I agree with my fellow law students on here saying you don't have to do as much work on briefing as you think you do--- I think you need to to learn what is relevant and what is not. And if you start short-cutting now, you might be skipping an important filtering process that you develop with over-noting. Just a thought.
Be confident, be strong, ask questions when you need to. Chin up. It's hell, and we get through it one class at a time.
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