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Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation

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.

Academic Success Tip - Fall Break

Fall Break is today.  How are you doing on accomplishing the goals you set for yourself?  Take a few minutes today to evaluate your progress and to plan your day so you can be productive and use your time effectively.  If you've accomplished your goals for Fall Break, celebrate your achievements and take some much-deserved time to enjoy the day. 

Join us for another Brandeis "Brief" Break THURSDAY

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!


Academic Success Tip - Legal Research Exam

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.

Resource Center - Lost & Found

The Resource Center (Room 272) continues to receive items for the “Lost and Found” bin on a daily basis.  Please look over the attached list and visit room 272 if one of these items jogs your memory.  We also take contact information from those who have lost an item, and if it is found, we can easily contact them.  The Resource Center hours are 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday.

Academic Success Tip - Plan Now for Fall Break

Fall Break is on Monday.  And, although it’s only one day, you can accomplish many tasks if you plan ahead now.  Take a few minutes today to evaluate your progress in each of your classes.  Write down the tasks you need to complete in each course.  Then, prioritize those tasks and assign the time necessary to complete them.  Review your calendar for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Set realistic goals for the tasks you want to complete and mark them on your calendar.  Think about whether you need to meet with any of your professors before the break.  If so, make appointments with them today and tomorrow.  If you need study aids, stop by Dean Ballard’s office (Room 212).  If you plan ahead now, you can accomplish more tasks than you thought possible, and you will use your time more efficiently and effectively.

Free Flu Shots TODAY

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots today (Thursday, October 6), from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.  Flu shots will be given in the Washer Lounge.

Two Centuries of Black Louisville


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.



Free Flu Shots - Tomorrow

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots tomorrow (Thursday, October 6), from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.  Flu shots will be given in the Washer Lounge.

Academic Success Tip - Clearing Up Confusion

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.