The first thing we all noticed about law school was the readings: hundreds of pages that take hours to get through each week. What if you could dramatically increase your reading speed and have more time to watch bad reality TV each night?
When we read our eyes normally dart back and forth across the page, often re-reading words and phrases. Training your eyes to scan each line of text smoothly is the secret to improving your reading speed. Here’s how you do it...
Whether it’s obsessively checking comma placement in assignment footnotes or creating the ideal colour-coding system for highlighting textbooks, law students can be pretty perfectionistic. This trait normally serves us well, but can have its drawbacks around exam time.
The exam with multiple essays can see the perfectionist law student hand in a high distinction-worthy booklet one, but the detailed analysis of minority judges’ reasoning then gives way to frantic bullet points and barely-answered questions in essays two and three.
I’d be lying if I said that I’ve never crammed the night before or on the day of an exam. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with glowing (but completely undeserved) final marks.
Regardless of what the outcome is, cramming sucks and leaves you feeling highly-strung and over-caffeinated the entire time. If that sounds like you, maybe it's time to try something different to your usual eleventh hour panic…
Exams are here. As I write this I can smell the fear silently circulating the law library like the calm before a storm. The empty coffee cups and silver glittering junk food wrappers provide a comforting library decoration for this jolly season.
Once you’ve written and organised your exam notes (or printed all of the lecture slides in a last-minute panic), it’s time to do some practice questions. But what should you do when you don’t have access to any past exam papers, or you’ve already done every question you could get your hands on?
Although law students have a knack for legal things, our real talent is procrastination. We put things off until tomorrow, and if we can avoid doing something altogether, even better.
A little bit of procrastination is normal but when you’re consistently trying to do your class readings in the tutorial you should’ve prepared for earlier, maybe it’s time to change your habits.
Here are a few tips for beating procrastination…