Lessons Learned in 1L, volume 1First installment in what I hope will be a nice new series.
If you anticipate being called on in class, for the love of all that is holy, sign on to AIM. By about the third week, enough people will have been called on and sounded stupid that they will take pity on you and help you out when you start to sound stupid. The key here is making it look like you are looking at your book and not at a random flashing answer on your screen. Also important is to position your IM windows so that your smartest and most reliable buddy is at the top of your screen, and that no other IM "helpers" that may or may not be correct will flash over theirs.
And, even if no one knows the answer, instead of feeling like a failure, you can be reassured by the fact that no one else knew it either.