Academics News

Study Abroad!

Ever consider studying abroad, as part of your legal education?  An information session is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, November 11, in Room 075.  Ms Virginia Hosono, Assistant Director, from the International Center will be there to answer questions, and our own Colleen Hagan will speak about her summer abroad experience.  Professor Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, will also attend.  Mark your calendars now!

Academic Success Tip - Review Your Outlines Often

Review; review; and then review.  You want the course information to be as comfortable as a baggy pair of sweats when you walk into the exam.  If you do not review material throughout the remainder of the semester, you will walk into your exams with information that feels like a stiff new suit instead.  Deep understanding and quick retrieval from memory pay off because of the time constraints of exams.  You can recognize the nuances in answer choices or fact patterns better, and you will not waste time trying to remember the material.  If you get in the habit of reviewing your outlines each week, you will have a better understanding of the material and will be better prepared for the intense course review before finals.

Academic Success Tip - Get Caught Up on Your Outlines

The time of the semester is here when you have no choice but to start thinking about exams.  There are only FOUR weeks of classes left.  You need to have a plan for exam studying or you will have too much to learn and not enough time in which to learn it.  Get caught up on your outlines quickly.  Your outlines will be your master documents for studying.  If you wait too long to get them up-to-date, you will not have enough time to review the material for deep understanding.  If you have the world’s best outline and do not study it thoroughly, you will not perform as well as you could on exams.  Your goal this week should be to catch up on your outlines and then outline every week. 

Academic Success Workshop: Preparing for Exams

The next Academic Success Workshop will be on Thursday, October 29, in Room 275.  The presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Learn tips on how to prepare for finals, how to approach exam questions, common errors you can avoid, and more!  Snacks provided.

REMINDER: BAR PRESENTATION TODAY

Monday, October 26, Noon - Learn what you can do now to prepare for the Bar Exam.  Presented by T. Leigh Hearn, South Regional Director of Kaplan PMBR.  This presentation is open to all Brandeis law students and will cover the various components of the bar exam in multiple states, planning, a day in the life of the bar examinee, and strategies for the essay and multiple choice components of the bar exam.  If you have class beginning at 12:35 or 12:45, you are invited to stay until you need to leave for class.  The presentation will be in Room 275 from noon to 12:55.  Bring your lunch!

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Preparation

Tip #4:  Allow time for three types of outline review.   Making the world’s greatest outline is counter-productive if there is no time to learn and review it.  One type of review is intense studying to learn the material in your outline initially (several topics or sub-topics each study period).  The second type of review is regular reading through the outline from cover to cover to reinforce material that you have already learned and anticipate material that you will learn (at least once a week).  The third type of review is additional careful studying of areas that still confuse you or are hard to remember (as often as needed to “conquer” the topic).

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Preparation

Tip #3:  Become aware of when you lose focus.  Determine why you are losing concentration.  Then, determine whether you can correct the situation.  Do you need to make your reading more active by asking questions as you read?  Do you need to move to a quieter place?  Do you need to write a reminder note so that you stop worrying about forgetting something?  Are you hungry and need a quick snack?    If you cannot re-capture your focus, then take a short break and come back once you are refreshed.

SPRING 2010 REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Please see the attached document for registration days and times. 

Pre-registration forms for ALL students must be returned to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2009.

Registration materials will be available in Student Records on Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Preparation

Tip #2:  Take advantage of “windfall” time.   Always keep tasks handy that can be used as study “fillers” when unexpected time becomes available.  Working with flashcards, rewriting a rule several times for memory, or reviewing a chunk of an outline can create productive time when a ride or study buddy is late.

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Preparation

Everybody is sliding into “studying for exams” mode.  Time becomes a critical variable now.  It is important to find time for all of your tasks.  It is also important to be productive with that time.  This week's tips will focus on how to get more time out of each day and be more productive during studying.

Tip #1:  Evaluate your day for “lost” time.   Look for time wasted in the following ways:  unproductive time between classes; assignment time stretched to 3 hours when with more diligence it could have been finished in 2 ½ hours; delay in starting a project because “I have all day;” inefficient and scattered errand running or other non-school tasks; completion of chores or other non-school tasks during prime study time.  If only ½ hour is captured each day of the week, it nets 3 ½ hours of extra study time.