Congratulations to Jonathon Raymon, who won the drawing for the lavish and glitzy prize given to one student who attended the first yoga session. The drawing was overseen by representatives from one of the Big Four accounting firms. And it's a good thing the representatives were there, as some non-students tried to cheat by signing their names to the list (Dean Duncan, this means you ..).
Jonathon wins a UofL Law School polo shirt. He can pick it up in Dean Ballard's office.
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-minute breaks after every hour of studying.
- Take a longer 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours.
- Take a quick 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.
From several different conversations I've had during the past week, there seems to be a fairly widespread misperception among students about withdrawing from a class. If you voluntarily withdraw after the first week of class, your transcript will typically show a "W" next to the name of the course. The misperception involves the effect of this "W" on potential employment. As far as we know, no potential employer would hold an ordinary "W" against you (barring unusual circumstances, such as if the employer specifically asked you to take the course). At worst, they might ask you why you dropped (unlikely) ... but that allows you to demonstrate good judgment in recognizing that a course wasn't what you thought, or that you can recognize when you're overextended. Potential employers are much more likely to care about the more serious "withdraw/failure", which is given only if you are removed from a class or have failed an exam or assignment prior to withdrawing.
Also, a note to part-time students: don't forget that this Friday (the 9th) is the last day you can withdraw from a course and still receive a 25% tuition refund. Full-time students do not receive any refund, as they pay a fixed fee for full-time study.
Should you rely on an upper-division student's outline or a commercial outline to prepare for exams? NO. Remember that you are not creating an outline to turn in as an assignment or to win any awards. The outline is another tool from which you can study the law. The process of you outlining a course dramatically increases your ability to retain the information and to develop a sense of what information you will need to apply to a set of facts on an exam. In addition, commercial outlines are not always in tune with the material as presented by your professor. Canned outlines may be helpful to fill in any gaps after you have done the work, but they SHOULD NOT take the place of your own outlines.
Wow! You have already completed three weeks in the fall semester. At this point, it is a good idea to begin visiting your professors during office hours (if you have not already done so) to get clarification on any gaps in your notes or your outlines. Before deadlines loom, it is also a good time to review your monthly calendar to plan your big projects. Try to accomplish these two tasks this week:
- Make a list of questions to ask your professors. Plan when you will go 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.
- Use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, practice exams, and assignments. Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines.