After exams this week and next week, remember to stop by the Academic Success Office to return any study aids that you checked out over the course of the semester. And, if you would like to clean up your space and get rid of any study aids that you have purchased since you started law school, donations are welcome! You may claim a tax deduction for your donated items up to the amount of their cost. If you have questions, please see Ms. Kimberly Ballard, Room 212.
Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response. When the exam begins, too many students read the first paragraph 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.)
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 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.
The School of Law IT staff will offer a CardMail information and training session to all students at 12:15 pm, Thursday, January 6, 2011 in room 275. Tasty vittles will be provided.
CardMail, the new student e-mail system provided by Microsoft Windows Live, will be available to all UofL students beginning in January 2011. CardMail features 10 GB of mail storage, instant messaging, a movie maker, a photo gallery and the 25 GB Windows Sky Drive, which allows you to store documents online and access them anytime, from anywhere.
This morning (Monday, Nov. 22), the following e-mail went out to all students who submitted a valid Exam4 practice test for Fall 2010 finals:
You have received this message because you submitted a valid and timely Exam4 practice test for Fall 2010 final exams. Should you require assistance with Exam4, you are entitled to receive it. Please remember to bring a USB flash drive with you to EVERY exam. If you do not, and you cannot submit your exam electronically, the IT staff will not provide a flash drive for you.
If you submitted an Exam4 practice test and did not receive this e-mail, and believe your practice test was valid, please see Asst. Dean Jim Becker in room 115 as soon as possible.