Academics News

Academic Success Tip - Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you
  • Take short 5- or 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes of studying
  • Take a 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours
  • Take a short 5-minute break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam - November 2009

Are you planning to take the November 7 MPRE?  The deadline to register for the exam is September 29.  You can register online at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/guidelines/registration.  The fee for the MPRE is $60.  The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Kentucky Bar Exam - February 2010

Are you graduating this December and planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in February 2010?  The bar application filing deadline is October 1, 2009, and several items are required at the time of filing your application.  If you need help navigating through the many requirements, please stop by the Academic Success Office in Room 212. 

Free MPRE Review Course

Kaplan PMBR is offering a free MPRE review course for November examinees.  The course features:

  • Online Course Flexibility – practice your questions or watch the lecture when you want, where you want.
  • Full-length Practice Exam – experience the actual exam time constraints and test your knowledge.
  • Two online workshops - question-by-question review of core concepts and how they are tested.
  • Substantive Outline Book – contains the most recent revisions to the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC).
  • Online MPRE Qbank (quiz bank) - create customized tests, review detailed answers and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

If you are interested, you can register by phone (800.523.0777), or online at http://www.kaptest.com/Bar-Exam/Law-School-Success/Professional-Responsibility/MPRE-online-course.html?cid=707448

Academic Success Tip - Outlining

How are your course outlines coming along?  By now, you should have enough information in each course to begin outlining.  Then, you want to add to your outlines regularly – preferably every week or every other week.  Remember that your outlines will be your primary study aids for exams.  Once you have a good outline for a segment of the course, your class notes and case briefs will no longer be your focus for that part of the material.  If you missed the outlining workshop this week, you can review the presentation online at the Academic Success webpage http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212). 

Free MPRE Review Course

Kaplan PMBR is offering a free MPRE review course for November examinees.  The course features include:

  • Online Course Flexibility – practice your questions or watch the lecture when you want, where you want.
  • Full-length Practice Exam – experience the actual exam time constraints and test your knowledge.
  • Two online workshops - question-by-question review of core concepts and how they are tested.
  • Substantive Outline Book – contains the most recent revisions to the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC).
  • Online MPRE Qbank (quiz bank) - create customized tests, review detailed answers and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

If you are interested, you can register by phone (800.523.0777), or online at http://www.kaptest.com/Bar-Exam/Law-School-Success/Professional-Responsibility/MPRE-online-course.html?cid=707448

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam - November 7, 2009

Are you planning to take the November 7 MPRE?  The deadline to register for the exam is September 29.  You can register online at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/guidelines/registration.  The fee for the MPRE is $60.  The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Kentucky Bar Exam - February 2010

Are you graduating this December and planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in February 2010?  The bar application filing deadline is October 1, 2009, and several items are required at the time of filing your application.  If you need help navigating through the many requirements, please stop by the Academic Success Office in Room 212. 

Academic Success Tip - Time Management

Evaluate your time management and study habits for the past three weeks.  Do you need to make improvements?  Are there problems for which you have not found a solution yet?  E-mail Ms. Ballard for an individual appointment so that you can get some assistance in those areas.  kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Wow!  You have already completed three weeks in the fall semester.  What should you be focusing on right now?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Now is a good time to make a list of questions to ask your professors.  Plan when you will go to see your professors this week to get their assistance.  It is easier for a professor to get you on the right path if you ask questions early and often.
  • This weekend is the perfect time to get caught up on your outlines if they are still non-existent or barely begun.  You have enough material in most courses to be able to determine both the “big picture” of the sub-topics or topics and how the parts fit into that whole.
  • Now is a good time to use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, or assignments.  Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines.