Mar 2015

“Being a good law student is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” Okay, so I’ve adapted a quote that was originally about writers, but I think it’s also true for law students.

Procrastination, aka “I’ll just quickly check to see if anyone has said something about the property law essay on Facebook”, is where all of the time that could be used for looking up a few more journal articles or reading the minority judgment actually gets spent. 

To stop procrastinating, you could follow the lead of one blogger from San Francisco who increased his productivity by hiring someone to watch him work and slap him when he logged onto Facebook… but maybe don’t do that.

Here are some techniques to help you stop procrastinating and clear your to do list…

Sep 2015

Do you ever walk away from a massive study session feeling as though you didn’t actually accomplish anything or find that you’ve fallen asleep listening to lecture recordings? You may not be studying in a manner that bests suits your learning style. Let’s face it, no one has time to spend all day studying with work, sport, extra –curricular activities and our social lives all competing for priority. We need to study smarter, not harder and learn to use methods that best suit our learning style.

In a nutshell, there are three learning types, visual, auditory and kinesthetic. If you’re unsure which category you fall under, read on!

Sep 2015

The toughest thing about law assignments is the word count. Yep, it's even worse than footnoting. At the start you think, “How could anyone have 1,500 words to write about constructive trusts?” But this soon becomes, “If I play with the margins, can I get away with an extra 400 words?”

If you’re WAY over the word count on your assignment, here’s what you can do next…

Aug 2015

Is there someone in your class who perfectly answers every question before your tutor even finishes asking it? Chances are you hate that guy. Class participation doesn’t have to be painful. It’s supposed to be easy marks.

Changing a few habits and employing some of these tips will help you feel more confident...


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