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Okay, let me first start off by saying that I am a big fan of the Ninja notes. The are very clear, very concise, and I think they are a great way to review all of the material. I used the Ninja notes as a review on three of my sections, mostly in the last two weeks of studying and predominantly while I was on the go. Ok, so I hope I have established that I am a big fan and I think everyone should buy the Ninja notes.
That being said, I am noticing a trend that has kind of been bothering me for a couple of months now and a recent blogger’s post nudged me in the direction of bringing this up: rewriting Ninja notes. While I think this is a great thing to do to keep the material fresh once you already have built the foundation and understand the concepts, I am getting the sense that too many people are utilizing this as a primary study method to actually learn the material. I’ve seen a number of posters who are scoring in the 60s who think that rewriting the Ninja notes is going to help them learn a concept that they have been struggling with. The Ninja notes provide a very high level review of each of the concepts. To really understand the concepts and be able to apply them in a way that the simulations require, you will need a much more solid grasp of each of the concepts. By rewriting the notes, you are basically taking something that someone else understands very well and just rewriting what the words say. Sure, you will remember some basic concepts and may even be able to regurgitate certain rules, but this alone is not going to provide you with the depth of knowledge necessary to get you through the simulations.
The Ninja notes are your friend, but, like most friends, they have their limitations. The Ninja notes are most useful once you already have a solid understanding of most of the concepts.