This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Create a task list for each exam course or paper/project. Determine which tasks are your priorities to complete over your break period. Weigh the following factors:
- Are there projects/papers/presentations that will be due before the end of the semester?
- Are your outlines up-to-date for all of your exam courses?
- Are certain courses extremely difficult for you and need additional review time?
- Are you aware that you are behind in certain courses or portions of courses?
- Do you need to make tables, flowcharts, or other graphics if you are a visual learner?
- Are there certain supplemental materials that you want to read and study to clarify certain topics?
- Have you had a chance to do practice questions for your exam courses?
- Do you need to spend more time on memorization of the law?
- Will you be meeting with a study group during the break period?
Based on your rankings, the four highest ranked courses and the four courses most likely to be offered in summer 2010 are: #1 Estate and Gift Tax (Tuesday and Thursday, 5:35 pm - 7:15 pm)#2 Basic Federal Income Tax (Monday, Tu., Wed, and Th., 7:25 pm - 9:05 pm)#3 Advanced Legal Research (Monday and Wednesday, 5:35 pm - 7:15 pm)#4 Transactional Drafting Online (no scheduled class meetings because this course is conducted online) The classes and class times listed above are TENTATIVE. We expect to offer these four classes, but unexpected things happen. I thank those students who took the time and showed the interest to rank the classes. Tom BlackburnAssociate Dean and Professor of Law
The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner. What does that break period mean for you? This week’s tips will focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the holiday.
Be realistic about your holiday plans. It is common to tell yourself that you will study at least ten times more than you actually can or will do. Lay out a study plan that will be achievable rather than unrealistic. Think about your travel mode, your travel time, your family expectations, your priorities for studying, and your need for balance. Sit down with your calendar now and plan your study strategy for exams.
The deadline to submit forms to Student Records for spring registration is 4:00 p.m, Thursday, October 29.
The School of Law is not using the wish list option this year for spring registration.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records or Associate Dean Kathy Bean.
Tackle any test anxiety that you have now. There are a number of strategies for test anxiety. The sooner you implement them, the better.
- The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam. Study to understand and not just to remember.
- The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam. For example: read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
- Do as many practice questions as possible. You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
- Begin doing relaxation exercises now. For tips on relaxation exercises, watch the stress management presentation that is available online at http://media.law.louisville.edu/.
- Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams. You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
- If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques. 852-6585
Christie Floyd, formerly our Academic Success Director, passed away Wednesday October 21, after an illness. Grief counseling is available at the Counseling Center. Their number is (502) 852-6585. Christie will be missed by all of us.
Those wishing to celebrate Christie's life and work are invited to attend an open visitation to be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 2822 Frankfort Ave. (map) from 4-8 PM on Friday, October 30, 2009. A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery the following morning.
Here is a brief biography:
Christie graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2001. While there, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Brandeis Law Journal. Her Student Note, "Admissibility of Prior Acts Evidence in Sexual Assault and Child Molestation Cases in Kentucky: A Proposed Solution That Recognizes Cultural Context," 38 Brandeis L.J. 133, was published in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude and was named Oustanding Graduate of 2001 by the National Women Lawyers' Association. She accomplished all of this while working full-time, attending classes in the evening and raising a family.
Prior to joining U of L, Christie practiced as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and Deputy Division Chief of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Unit. In that capacity, she also served on the Kentucky Sex Offender Risk Assessment Advisory Board and Kentucky Sex Offender Management Task Force. Christie was instrumental in founding Kentucky's first child advocacy center in 1991 and participated in numerous groups targeting legislative and policy changes in areas of domestic violence and child abuse. She also played a significant role in training new prosecutors and police officers.
Source: Law School Academic Support Blog, friends and colleagues
Those wishing to celebrate Christie's life and work are invited to attend an open visitation to be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave., from 4-8 p.m. Friday October 30, 2009. A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery the following morning.
Details and guestbook are available at Courier-Journal.com.