As early in the semester as possible, when you feel like you have at least a grasp of the material, begin to write practice answers to questions. Of course, you will not be substantively equipped to analyze exam fact patterns until well into the semester because you will not have covered all of the black letter law. Regardless, I would advise you at least to familiarize yourself with the form and substance of exam questions and answers as soon as possible. This awareness will in turn drive your studying and make much of the reading that you are doing more relevant.
Repeated practice exam reading and writing, under timed conditions, will greatly speed up and improve your exam writing skills, and enable you to focus on the more subtle issues presented in exam fact patterns. Grade your practice exam, or have someone else do it. Scrutinize the exam answer for organization, analysis and readability. This is the territory where A and A+ answers are usually found.
At the same time, keep memorizing and working with the black letter law. Use a commercial outline to do this.
Ultimately, at exam time, you will know the law and be able to apply it to the exam fact patterm.