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Academic Success Tip

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Once you decide your priorities, plot out on a calendar which tasks you will complete each day.  Be realistic.  Mark down the actual hours you will spend on each task.  Consider the following possibilities:

  • Listen to CDs in the airport, on the plane, or while driving.
  • Review outlines while in the airport, or on the plane, or while waiting for family to arrive.
  • Photocopy the pages you need to read rather than lugging all of your books with you.
  • Ask a family member or friend to quiz you with flashcards at home or during a long commute.
  • Get up earlier or go to bed later than family so that you can carve out time to study.
  • Negotiate time to study when family/friends are doing other activities that do not need to include you.
  • Schedule time with family and friends so that you know when you can study and they know when they will see you.
  • Consider whether you can study in a different location than home in order to get time, space, and quiet for studying.
  • Plan to take Thanksgiving Day off if possible.  If you have too much to do, at least take a portion of the day off and have fun.
  • Use the template calendar attached to plan your schedule.

Climate Change & the Law: Spring 2011

Changes have been made to the Climate Change & the Law Seminar in Spring 2011, including a change in time (now Wednesdays, 3:50 to 5:30).  Please see the revised schedule on the Law School intranet course schedules page (in the category of Academics), and contact Dean Arnold if you have any questions.

Academic Success Tip - Create a Task List

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Create a task list for each exam course or paper/project.  Determine which tasks are your priorities to complete over your break period.  Weigh the following factors:

  • Are there projects/papers/presentations that will be due before the end of the semester?
  • Are your outlines up-to-date for all of your exam courses?
  • Are certain courses extremely difficult for you and need additional review time?
  • Are you aware that you are behind in certain courses or portions of courses?
  • Do you need to make tables, flowcharts, or other graphics if you are a visual learner?
  • Are there certain supplemental materials that you want to read and study to clarify certain topics?
  • Have you had a chance to do practice questions for your exam courses?
  • Do you need to spend more time on memorization of the law?
  • Will you be meeting with a study group during the break period?

Academic Success Tip - Do You Have a Strategy for Studying over the Break?

The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner.  What does that break period mean for you?  This week’s tips will focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the holiday. 

Be realistic about your holiday plans.  It is common to tell yourself that you will study at least ten times more than you actually can or will do.  Lay out a study plan that will be achievable rather than unrealistic.  Think about your travel mode, your travel time, your family expectations, your priorities for studying, and your need for balance.  Sit down with your calendar now and plan your study strategy.

New Course Number & ID for Genetics & the Law

In Spring 2011, Genetics and the Law, taught by Professor Mark Rothstein, will have a new course number 997-08, and a new course ID 14417.  Please use these new numbers when registering for this course.

Academic Success Tip - Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.   Lack of sleep decreases the ability to study effectively.  When someone is tired, it takes longer to do the same task, concentration is impaired, and memory of material is lessened.  Also, you will need fewer “power” naps if you are getting sufficient sleep at night.

Academic Success Tip - Proofreading (a reminder)

A law paper requires diligent editing to make sure it is as well written and clear as possible. Avoid long, complicated sentences and fancy or superfluous language to help readers understand the covered issues quickly and accurately.  Be sure to reserve time to carefully edit your work product.  Careful proofreading is particularly important in legal writing. Spelling, punctuation, citation, or grammatical errors in a document submitted to the court, opposing counsel, or a client can undermine your credibility as a legal professional. 

Which Courses Do You Want to Take Next Year?

Dean Arnold would very much like to hear from you about which courses you would like to see offered in the 2011-12 academic year.  This is your opportunity to have input into the design of next year's schedule.  (Do not just assume that a particular class will be offered in any particular semester -- instead let your interests be known.)  Email your input and preferences to Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu by November 19.  Your input is highly valued but it needs to be received by 11/19.  Once the schedule is developed, it is very difficult and in some cases just not possible to make changes based on late input.  The reason for the early planning is so that a schedule can be provided to students early so that they can plan accordingly.  Thank you!

Academic Success Tip - Stay Positive and Protect Your Time

Keep your eyes focused forward.  Do not look back over your shoulder to bemoan what you wish you had done in August, September, or October.  You cannot control the past, but you can control the future.  Learn to say “no” diplomatically.  Family and friends, especially if they are not in law school, do not understand how important studying is for exams.  After all, in the past you just crammed for a week or two to get A grades.  Explain to them why it is so different now and ask for their understanding. 

Summer 2011 Schedule Selected

Based on student feedback, the attached summer schedule has been selected.  This was Option 1 among the 4 options provided, and had the greatest student support among those who completed and submitted the feedback forms.  While all schedules are always "tentative," this will be the Summer 2011 schedule unless circumstances change or unusual situations arise.  You may want to consider this schedule when selecting Spring 2011 classes.  However, students are reminded that a course normally has to have an enrollment of at least 5 students to avoid cancellation.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.