Tip 47. Get the cases off paper and into your head

Don’t read cases passively.

Rather, visualise the parties, events, and transactions. Sort out the chronology of events in your head. Role-play the case. Use graphs, photos, timelines, drawings, and other visual aids.

Creating pictures helps you comprehend the facts of a case because you cannot depict an event graphically unless you understand what happened.

Pictures may also help you remember the case.

As well as the facts, check that you understand the issues the case raised, the rule the court applied, how the court applied the rule, and the conclusion the court reached.

Getting the facts and issues into your head will help you recall the case better and more quickly than relying on written summaries of the case.

Focus on understanding the case and a good memory of the case will naturally follow.

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