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Oct 2013

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…

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28
May 2014

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…

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16
Jul 2014

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...

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02
Oct 2013

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…

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26
Sep 2013

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?

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09
Apr 2014

Finding the ratio decidendi of a case has to be one of the trickiest skills to master at law school. Lecturers explain that ratio is the rationale for the decision, but when you’re at home trying to write a case note, it can feel like ratio decidendi is really Latin for “good luck with that”. 

Here are some tips for tracking down that elusive ratio

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