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.
Note Taking (a reminder): Law students have widely varying styles of note taking. Some write furiously, recording every word the professor and fellow classmates utter; others take a few cryptic notes and call it a day. The problem with both extremes is that they fail to encourage you to take an active role in learning. If you record every word, you are not identifying or concentrating on what is important. To take the best notes, you should take an active role in sorting through and summarizing what is said in class.
The International Ombudsman Association has announced that it is sponsoring an annual writing contest for students in law school or graduate programs in dispute resolution. In the inaugural IOA Student Writing Competition, law students are invited to submit articles arguing for a statutory privilege for organizational ombudsmen. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2010 in New Orleans to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA.
Submissions are due November 15, 2009.
Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage: Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend. That way, it won't hang over you during the long weekend and add to your stress. Also consider tackling your hardest study tasks when you are most alert. Your brain will absorb material more easily for greater understanding and retention. Consequently, you will feel better about your study session and lower your stress.
Monday, September 14 - deadline to apply for a December 2009 degree.
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Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage: Create a structured study schedule and stick to it! If you have been “flying by the seat of your pants” on your time management, now is the time to create a schedule and stick to it for the remainder of the semester. If you follow a study schedule, you will be able to complete your reading and briefing one or two days before class (without rushing through the material), rather than the day of class. You will also ensure that you are devoting enough time to other study tasks, including reviewing your class notes, outlining, meeting with your study group, working on papers and projects, and completing practice questions. Perhaps the best part about following a study schedule is that you can have guilt-free time off because you have finished all of your study tasks for the week. And, your family members, significant others, and friends will know when you will be free. To create your own study schedule, use the blank time management schedule posted on the Academic Success webpage at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success. If you need any assistance in completing your schedule, stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212).