Academics News

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice

This week’s tips will focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice:  Save up your absences and use all of them the last two weeks of class so that you can focus on exam studying.
Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Important topics are often covered at the end of classes because the topics are more advanced than some of the material you have had previously.  You will be dependent on another student’s version of the material if you miss classes.
  • Your professors are likely to tie the course together in the last weeks of class.  You will be dependent on another student’s version of the course if you skip classes.
  • Your professors are likely to talk about the exam in more detail during the last weeks of class.  You will be dependent on another student’s version of the exam instructions, tips, and study guidelines.
  • You will go into exams with less personal understanding of the material covered at the end of the semester.  Some professors emphasize material covered at the end of classes very heavily in the exam questions.
  • If you follow this advice, you will also not be reading your cases.  You will only be more behind in understanding the course than you were previously.

Alternatives:

  • Plan your time management for the coming weeks so that you get all of the tasks done that are necessary for success – including going to class prepared.
  • Do not stop reading your cases.  You need to understand the material through the last class.  Become more efficient and effective in your reading.
  • If you do not know how to structure your time for the remainder of the semester to get each task done, visit the Academic Success Office for help.

The Bar Exam - A Panel Discussion by Recent Graduates

Upper division students:  On Thursday, October 21, please join some of the Law School's May 2010 graduates for a panel discussion regarding the bar exam – what to expect; when to begin the application process; bar review options; creating a study schedule; handling stress; preparing financially; and much more.  All panelists took the July 2010 Kentucky Bar Exam and are eager to share their experiences with you.  The session will begin at 12:05 p.m., in Room 075.  Pizza will be provided while it lasts. 

Upper Division Advising Office Hours for Spring Registration

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?  
 
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112). 

Office Hours:
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join us for another Brandeis "Brief" Break TODAY

It’s happening here – another “brief” break!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, TODAY, for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have every variety of Krispy Kreme you can imagine, plus coffee, milk, and apple cider!  So please join us anytime between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. 

 

Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation (Cont'd)

The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event.  There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes.  The remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.

  • Ask your professors questions.  Your professors will be writing and grading your exams.  Your professors are the experts.  Ask questions about any areas on which you are confused.  Ask early and often rather than wait until the end of classes.
  • Spend time on memory work.  Drill on rules and elements so that you know them by heart.  Even if you are able to take a rule or statute book into an exam, you need to know the rules to avoid having to look everything up.
  • Apply the material constantly.  The more practice questions that you do, the better prepared you will be to organize your answers and to spot nuances in the law.  Practice questions also help you self-monitor what you need to study more and what you know already.

Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation

The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event.  There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes.  In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, the remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.

  • Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus.  If you have been coasting through class until now, stop.  If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop.  If you have been partying instead of studying, stop.  You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
  • Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies.  If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels.  If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind.  Own it and move forward.

Town Hall meeting re: schedules

Town Hall meetings for students to meet with the Associate Deans re: schedules will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Room 075, and Thursday, October 21 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 080.  The meeting will cover the Spring and Summer 2011 schedules as well as beginning the process of gathering student input regarding the 2011-12 coure offerings and schedule.  We want to receive your input and answer your questions.  If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

Upper Division Advising Office Hours for Spring Registration

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?  
 
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112). 

Office Hours:
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Catching up on Reading

You are in your ninth week of classes now.  Today's tip addresses the question that I've been asked by a lot of students lately:  What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?

  • Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class.  You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
  • Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (one case at a time). 
  • On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week.  Then use extra time for catch-up reading.

As you approach the Thanksgiving Break, you do not want to be behind in your reading or your outlining.  Stay focused now and get caught up so you will be in the best position possible when doing your core studying for finals.

Law Day to Withdraw

Reminder:  The last day to withdraw from a course is Friday, October 15.