senunit wrote:I have a Q relating to the practice tests. Lets say there is no access to a model answer. Does that leave the option to only compare it or show it to another student? Who's to know that the evaluation will be of any value having just met the fellow 1L's? Are there alternate advisable methods to approach this?
If there's no model answer, comparing your answer to another student's lets you know how you're doing. It will make you aware of any major issues you missed, any improper applications of the law, and such (unless, of course, both of you made the same error). While you may not get a good sense for whether your answer is A quality or merely median, you'll at least learn what errors you are making and hopefully learn how to avoid them - that's the value of exchanging answers. Sometimes professors will offer to read over your answer to one of their old exams - you should consider taking up those offers.
senunit wrote:Also, when did you find that a supplement would be beneficial for your constitutional law course? Did you buy it before, or during the semester as the material became more difficult to understand?
I bought it during the semester. Constitutional law is a tricky subject because there are few clear rules - the case law does not, for example, clearly address the issue of whether or not a federal regulation of marriage might be an improper exercise of commerce power. The only way to successfully analyze that issue is to be familiar with the Commerce Clause cases, and supplements can present good points about the cases that you might not see just by reading the cases yourself.