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.
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.
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, email@example.com.
Pre-registration forms (including special permission for priority registration) for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3.
Be sure to read all registration instructions before registering for classes. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
Tackle any test anxiety that you have now. There are a number of strategies for test anxiety. The sooner you implement them, the better.
- The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam. Study to understand and not just to remember.
- The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam. For example: read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
- Do as many practice questions as possible. You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
- Begin doing relaxation exercises now. For simple relaxation techniques, visit https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.
- Try the progressive relaxation exercise at http://hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx. This exercise will direct you to systematically relax your major muscle groups. The recording is approximately 9 minutes long.
- Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams. You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
- If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques. 852-6585
In the past month, the University administration has scheduled three events on the Oval that have disrupted the Law School’s program of legal education by affecting access to the building and parking and, in one case, requiring the relocation of Law School classes to another building on campus and the closing of the Law Library during regular hours. Each event has also taken scarce administrative, staff, and faculty time away from educational functions to work on informing the Law School community of these events and planning and implementing adaptive responses.
We know that many of you are frustrated by these circumstances, particularly when there has been very little advanced notice. We too are frustrated. In every instance, the Law School was given no choice in the matter. The decisions were made unilaterally by the University administration. The University administration has endeavored to assist the Law School to minimize or adapt to these disruptions, but we are aware that disruption has nonetheless occurred. We are concerned that academically disruptive events on the Oval may become normal. We are aware that these events serve value for the University and its mission, but that there are concerns that they could increasingly undermine the education for which students are paying tuition and our capacity to meet ABA-mandated classroom hours.
From: Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development; Kathy Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life: David Ensign, Director of the Law Library; and Vickie Tencer, Business Manager