The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only six full weeks remaining before the end of classes. In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.
- Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus. If you have been coasting through class until now, stop. If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop. If you have been partying instead of studying, stop. You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
- Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies. If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels. If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind. Own it and move forward.
It’s happening here – another “brief” break!! Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, Thursday October 13, for a brief break from their computers and their books. We’ll have an assortment of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to choose from. So please join us anytime between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. There will be a preview of Lawlapalooza featuring Dean Jim Chen. You don't want to miss it!
Taking the Legal Research exam on Saturday morning? Be sure to:
- Set out the items you may need before you go to bed tonight: bluebooks, pens, paper, snacks, water, Tylenol, watch, outline, sweatshirt, highlighter
- Set 2 alarms (and have someone call you)
- Have an alternate transportation plan in case of an emergency
- Get a good night sleep
- And most importantly - on the day of the exam, read the instructions and the call of the questions carefully! When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, and read the instructions.
TWO CENTURIES OF BLACK LOUISVILLE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY
A Panel Discussion and Book Signing with the Authors
Don't miss the first program of this academic year's Diversity Forum Series on Thursday, October 6! It will focus on the new book Two Centuries of Black Louisville written by Dr. Blaine Hudson, Mervin Aubespin, and Ken Clay. There will be a book signing after the program and copies will be available for purchase from Butler Books.
A light lunch from Expressions of You will be available at 11:30 a.m.
This event is free and open to all.
If you are on top of your reading, but are clueless about some of the material, do not wait to take active measures to clear up your confusion.
- Go through your class notes and determine what specific questions you have about a particular topic.
- Write down your questions and where the reference is in your notes/casebook so that you can find the spot quickly if you need to refer back to it.
- Read a study aid to gain more understanding about the specific topic.
- Some learners clear up their confusion by outlining the material. By “pulling it together” for inclusion in an outline, the material is no longer abstract or confusing.
- If you still have questions, ask for help from your classmates or your professor.
- The more specific you can be about your questions, the easier it will be for someone to help you.
- Have your class notes/casebook with you when you ask for help so that you can show the person the material that is confusing you.