Sep 2013

While law students who attend night classes may be jealous of those who have the luxury of going to classes during the day and are able to go home, watch TV and get to bed at a reasonable hour, night time classes have their benefits too. I know my concentration levels are at their peak from about 4-9 pm, so I love evening lectures.

But studying and working full time means it’s not always easy to stay focused in night classes. Here are some of the strategies I’ve used to stay attentive and get the most out of attending law school at night…

Sep 2013

We all know that cramming isn't the most effective way of studying. The stress leading up to exams impacts how you store and recall information, meaning that you may remember words and phrases, but probably haven't forged the connections between different pieces of information and how they tie in together.

To give yourself the best chance of remembering details of cases in the exam, start now, before you're stressed and while you have time to form the requisite pathways in your brain.

This is a technique I learnt from a friend, which can be used to improve memory and retention when studying. This approach works best as a prompt for memory as you progress through the semester and means that (hopefully) by exam time you have saved most of the information you need in your long term memory and just need to recall and apply it.

Sep 2013

When we’re given a law assignment, our typical response is to reach for legislation, case law, journal articles and textbooks, but the research needn’t stop there. 

Take a look at some of these interesting legal resources to help your assignment stand out from the crowd, and have your marker thinking to themselves, “That’s really interesting!” and “I didn’t know that!” as they write a giant ‘HD’ on your feedback form…

Sep 2014

After reading the first few sentences of a law essay, most markers will start to formulate an idea of the mark range. If they start with a Credit, Pass or Fail mark in mind, it becomes incredibly difficult for the paragraphs that follow to bring the paper back up into the higher mark brackets. Impress your marker from the get-go by following these tips…

Aug 2013

It doesn’t sound all that glamorous, but just like caffeine, two-minute noodles and a large collection of highlighters, a good note-making routine is vital for the survival of every law student, and can help you to avoid spending a frenzied fortnight before exams trying to make some exam notes.

Here’s how to get into a good note making routine, and then turn your weekly lecture notes into awesome exam notes


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