How do I QUICKLY gain commercial awareness? I'm always revising/doing ECs and so I don't bother reading the news much.
What do I do?
I can't afford FT/The Economist either... So is the business section of 'The Times' ok?
Put quite bluntly, you can't develop your commercial awareness quickly. 90% of commercial awareness is actually commercial interest - if you are not naturally absorbing commercial news, you have to question whether commercial law is really for you.
But you have got commercial awareness, you just don't think you have. A lot of commercial awareness is just common sense anyway.
Have you checked whether your uni has a subscription to the ft? Mine does and it wasn't very well publicised, so when i tell others they are often surprised. If not your uni library will have a newsstand where you can read a copy of the times or guardian for free so might be worth reading the whole thing or at least the business pages occasionally. It's a process and you need to start now as you will gradually pick up stuff. Even if you don't wanna use the ft use BBC business news