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I started reading Blackstones & taking notes but found this far too time consuming. I then started using the Tom Barron CD's, listening to them while falling asleep at night, whilst at home & in the car, basically anytime I could. I also read the Tom Barron crammer books a few times and then just used Blackstones to expand on this knowledge where the crammer books were scant in detail. I made up my own mnemonics & ways to remember things so that I could recite them more easily. From a month before the exam I also started doing a couple of hundred questions most days on Blackstones online Q&A. This sounds like it takes a lot longer than it actually does and it allows you to recognise your weaknesses so you can address them, understand the format of questions you are likely to get & see how they test your knowledge. Being able to recite definitions is NOT enough, you must be able to apply them and know the exceptions to the rules. I passed in the top 3% in the country using these methods. Good luck to anybody sitting the exam this time round.