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Massage therapists from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering chair massages for law students today.  Massages will be offered in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m.  Students are encouraged to sign-up for an appointment time.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the Washer Lounge.  This service is sponsored by your Student Bar Association and the Academic Success Office.

Academic Success Tip - Organizing Your Exam Answers

Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response.  When the proctor says “Begin,” too many students read the first sentence in an essay exam question, recognize an issue, and are so overjoyed at finding an issue that they spend the next 20 minutes responding to it.  The problem with this approach is that the fact pattern was probably over a page long, and the writer just spent more time than was necessary in responding to a relatively straightforward issue.  While different students outline differently, students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones.  This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer.  (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

Academic Success Tip - Exam Tip (Instructions)

Read the instructions!  This is the most obvious advice imaginable, but every exam period several students will, for example, answer 3 short exam questions, only to discover that the instructions said “provide an answer to 1 of the following 3 hypotheticals.”  Most students get flustered at the start of an exam, so this type of mistake is more common than you might imagine.  When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, and read the instructions.  Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.

Free Massages for Law Students!

Massage therapists from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering chair massages for law students on two days during finals - Monday, November 30 and Monday, December 7.  Massages will be offered in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day.  Students are encouraged to sign-up for an appointment time.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the Washer Lounge.  This service is sponsored by your Student Bar Association and the Academic Success Office.

Academic Success Tip - Exam Tip (Skeletal Outline)

You will be nervous when the examination proctor says “Begin,” so the worst thing you can do is to start writing out your answer immediately.  Instead, consider writing out your skeletal outline as soon as the exam begins.  A skeletal outline is merely an organized list of principles and issues, created by you, which relates to a given area of the law.  Think about the outline you have been creating all semester, but now reduce it down to a page or two – this is your skeletal outline.  Writing out this list will give a few moments to compose your thoughts before digging into the exam.  (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

Academic Success Tip - Studying over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday.  What family commitments do you have?  Are your outlines complete?  Where are you in your review for exams?  Here are some tips to consider:

  • Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday.  Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends.  Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the vacation.
  • Make a priority list of tasks.  Work on tasks in the order of priority.
  • Break tasks into smaller steps.  It is easier to motivate yourself to outline one topic or read two cases or rewrite one section of a paper.  You will not be motivated by too large of a task.  
  • Consider productive ways that you can use travel time:  listen to Sum and Substance CDs or a homemade tape of your outline while driving back and forth; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards instead of watching an in-flight movie; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
  • Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example.  You get to study, and they get to participate.
  • And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.

Academic Success Tip - Marathon not a Sprint

Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.  It is attractive to skip meals, skip sleep, and skip exercise to get more hours to study.  Make sure you get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.  Eat balanced meals and not junk food.  Get three thirty-minute exercise periods a week.  Do not neglect yourself during finals. 

Academic Success Tip - Do Not Procrastinate

During the last week of class and the Thanksgiving holiday, beware of the false sense that “I have all day to do X,” which will likely cause you to procrastinate.  Instead, fill in blocks of time each day with the topics you will study during that time period.  Stay focused and stay on task.  Do not let yourself fall into the trap of procrastination!

Academic Success Tip - Reward Yourself for Sticking to Your Study Schedule

Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  You might watch one half-hour of television if you complete a smaller task.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you.  So, stick to your schedule for studying and then reward yourself.   

Spring 2010 Schedule Changes - two changes and one clarification

Attached is a schedule showing:
- two new changes to the schedule and one clarification.
- all cumulative changes made to the last printed schedule (dated 10/30/2009).
In summary, the most recent changes are:
1)  Constitutional Law II - room changed and CAP increased to accept the waitlist plus a few additional students.
2)  Crim. Pro. 2:  Judicial Process - time changed from Monday and Wednesday 3:50 - 5:05 to Monday and Wednesday 4:10 to 5:25 .  The change eliminates a conflict with Evidence. 
3)  The Registrar mistakenly listed the ending time for Evidence as 3:40.  Our schedules have always shown the correct ending time to be 4:05.  The Registrar has correct the Web schedule to show 4:05 as the correct ending time.