What if I am on top of my reading, but feel clueless about some of the material?
- Go through your class notes and try to determine what specific questions you have about the course.
- Write down your questions and where the reference is in your notes/casebook so that you can find the spot quickly if you need to refer back to it.
- Read a study aid to gain more understanding about the specific topic.
- Some learners clear up their confusion by outlining the material. By “pulling it together” for inclusion in an outline, the material is no longer abstract or confusing.
- If you still have questions, ask for help from your classmates or your professor.
- The more specific you can be about your questions, the easier it will be for someone to help you.
- Have your class notes/casebook with you when you ask for help so that you can show the person the material that is confusing you.
The current version of the Spring 2011 schedule (with exam schedule) is attached as a PDF. This is the version that will be used for registration in early November unless there are errors that need correction or unusual circumstances necessitating change.
There were a number of changes to the first draft that was released in mid-August, mostly in response to student input (to the extent practical and feasible). Unfortunately, we cannot now add entirely new classes unless one or more classes do not receive sufficient enrollment during registration.
In the next two weeks, the course notes will be released, including course descriptions for 999 courses, but the course notes are still being completed at this time.
If you have questions, please contact Dean Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like advice as you put together your spring schedule, Dean Arnold, Dean Bean, or Ms. Ballard would be glad to talk with you.
The courses that we can offer in Summer 2011 have also been identified. They are: a) Basic Income Tax (4) (Blackburn) (core); b) Decedents Estates (4) (Jones) (core); c) Externships (Jordan) (skills); d) Land & Ecosystem Conservation (2) (Arnold) (writing seminar; will meet 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day for the first week of the summer session with field trips/research in the region and then there will be no more class meetings while students write papers over the remainder of the summer term); e) Restorative Justice (2) (Duncan) (skills); f) Solo Practice Management (2) (Urbach and adjuncts) (skills); and g) Women and the Law (2) (Fischer) (writing seminar; perspectives).
In the next two weeks, at least 3 different scheduling options for these courses will be presented to students for feedback from students who plan to take summer classes. Unfortunately, though, the summer teaching budget is totally maxed out, which means we cannot add any other courses to the summer schedule. This schedule represents a 40% increase in course offerings over the previous summer in an effort to meet many different student interests and needs.
I’m stressed! What can I do?
- Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week. You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.
- Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks. When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about your Torts class. When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
- Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam. Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
- Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged. You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself. Congratulate yourself for completing tasks.
- Minimize your non-law school commitments. If you work, cut back your hours. Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.
Do not waste valuable study time between classes. Take a hard look at how you use the ½-hour, 1-hour, and 2-hour chunks of time during your day when you are not in class. If you spend all of that time chatting with friends or running errands or deciding what to do next, you will automatically make your evening more stressful because you have accomplished nothing during the day on your reading or other projects.