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Outlining Fall 2010. Office of Academic Success Programs Director, Katherine Silver Kelly. What is an outline? . Personal rule book Course and professor Roadmap Provides overview & detail Framework of analysis Concepts & relationships. Purpose of an outline. Learn the material

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outlining fall 2010

OutliningFall 2010

Office of Academic Success Programs

Director, Katherine Silver Kelly

what is an outline
What is an outline?
  • Personal rule book
    • Course and professor
  • Roadmap
    • Provides overview & detail
  • Framework of analysis
    • Concepts & relationships
purpose of an outline
Purpose of an outline

Learn the material

  • Exam performance depends on HOW you learn the rules.
  • Value is in the construction
  • Understanding & Memorizing
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Purpose of an outline

Prepare for exams

  • Information:
    • What you need to know
    • How you need to know it
  • Organized to facilitate memorization.
  • Write a better exam response.
the process
The Process

Start early. Work continuously.

  • Takes time to:
    • Think and process
    • Understand and identify relationships
  • New rules give rise to new issues
    • Continual process
how to outline
How to Outline

Gather necessary tools

  • Big picture:
    • TOC, course syllabus
  • Class material:
    • handouts, case briefs, class notes
  • Supplemental:
    • hornbook, treatise, restatement, study session material.
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How to Outline

Set the context up front

Big Picture

  • Skeleton outline
  • Organize by topic (not by cases)

Advance organizers:

  • Summary paragraph & road map
    • Knowledge base
    • Better recall
activity 1
Activity 1

Ilwaehteivo

I love the law

activity 2
Activity 2

Produce Canned Goods

VegetablesJelly

Lettuce Canned Chili

Fresh green beans Furikake

Fruits

Apples Meats

Bananas Hamburger

Chicken

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How to Outline

Define the rule

Detail & context

  • Elements, factors, tests
  • When does it apply
  • Exceptions, limitations
  • Examples/non-examples
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How to Outline

Develop the rule

Reason/rationale/policy

  • Consequences of application
  • Problem-solving method
example
Example

Consideration: bargained for exchange of something of legal value

resulting in detriment to p’ee or benefit to p’or.

Elements:

  • Bargained for exchange
  • Legal value
  • Detriment/benefit
    • Promise not to do something you have legal right to do OR promise to do something you don’t have to.
      • Hamer v. Sidway: gave up drinking in exchange for $
    • Pre-existing duty: no detriment
      • Already promised to do something.
      • Test: (1) voluntary and (2) additional undertaking
        • Exception: unexpected event
test your outline
Test Your Outline

Test for Understanding:

  • Paraphrase
  • Reason for the rule

Test for Accuracy & Comprehension:

  • Write responses
  • Develop list of questions
continue to outline
Continue to Outline

Condense and Connect

Summary of key topics

  • Organizes thinking
  • Issue-spotting

Checklist for every topic

  • Legal analysis
  • Problem-solving
outlining help
Outlining Help

Outlining Workshop

Thursday, October 7th

  • 12:30-1:15
  • 5:30-6:15