09
Apr 2013

Most of your lecturers don’t just come into uni to lecture for a few hours every week and then go home. They normally run one or two courses per semester with an average of 80+ students, and are typically required to also publish one to two journal articles while marking assignments throughout the term. Lecturers are also involved with others aspects of research including supervision and attending conferences.

Lecturers’ work also involves handling the administration of their subjects – that is, answering emails and running the online learning environment. The admin is probably the hardest area for lecturers to conquer, as most will receive up to 30 emails per day from students in relation to assignments, lecture recordings, extensions, tutorial attendance, grades, and requests for meetings.

Thinking about the workload that your lecturer has, here’s how you can help them to give you a speedy response to your email query…

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03
Sep 2014

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…

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05
Apr 2013

Having to read hundreds of pages each week, make notes, complete problem questions and so on will make almost anything else seem appealing. Once, in a desperate attempt to avoid reading I watched YouTube videos so I could learn how to knit, which absolutely-had-to-be-done-right-away.*

To avoid – or let’s be honest here – minimise procrastination, here are a few strategies that I use to bully myself into studying…

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04
Apr 2013

Every university has a wonderful building filled with books and other resources for students. If you haven’t been to your university library for a while, make some time this semester to check out the various resources and services on offer to law students.

My university library has a ‘library commons’ area that is open 24 hours a day so students can access computers, printing and photocopying facilities, or a find a distraction-free place to study at any time of day. Although you don’t have access to the rest of the library resources, it’s still a great place to study at 2am… which I have (unfortunately) experienced for myself on several occasions.

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03
Apr 2013

At the start of semester, there’s nothing more exciting than getting back into all of those readings and assessments… right? But once you’re back in study mode, holding on to that study motivation becomes a challenge. Here are some tips (bribery methods) that I’ve discovered over the years…

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