We all know how it goes. You sit down at your desk, open your subject guide and tell yourself, “I am going to do all my readings, write that assignment, and update my notes today. I am going to be so productive!” Then you turn to your laptop and see that Facebook is open, and somehow the next 50 minutes disappear.
In the absence of strange smelling herbal teas and fish oil tablets, what are some things you can do to help improve your concentration?
It's halfway through the semester. If you're the average law student, you're probably a bit behind on the readings, you have barely started your summary notes and haven't even thought about attempting practice problems. Then you see your exam timetable, and all hell breaks loose. You may be in a situation like I found myself in this semester, with two consecutive exams on two very different areas of law right at the beginning of the exam period.
My first reaction was anger and despair. How can the people who organise the exam timetables be so sadistic? How can they not realise that these units are usually taken concurrently? It maybe tempting to wallow in self pity but that definitely won't get you ready to take on the exam timetable from hell. So here are a few tips for handling the nightmare of a bad exam schedule…
This semester you’ve been busy socialising, writing assignments 24 hours before they are due, and all of sudden, exams are now on the horizon. Before you go freaking out, drink five coffees and move all your worldly possessions to the library in a panic, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about that dreaded first set of law exams…
The first time I found out that I had a take home exam, I breathed a sigh of relief. I figured, how hard could it be, it’s just like a glorified essay. How naïve I was. Many consider a take home exam to be easier than a sit down exam, but in reality take home exams are very much underestimated.
What they don’t tell you is that sure, it will be like a mixture of an essay and problem solving question, but it will be epically longer and expected to be more detailed. So how do you handle take home exams?
We all know that our plans don’t always go, well, to plan… But c’est la vie, right? With a myriad of ailments and other vicissitudes, our law school journeys sometimes resemble a soap opera, and in true soap opera style, reruns are inevitable for some.
Finding the perfect study spot is never easy. Do you go to the library where you’ll have access to all the textbooks you could ever need? Or the café where someone will bring you drinks and snacks when your focus begins to fade? Or should you save yourself the train/bus fare and hit the books at home?