The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only seven weeks remaining before the end of classes. This week's tips focus on exam preparation.
- Keep your eyes focused forward. Do not look back over your shoulder to bemoan what you wish you had done in August, September, or the beginning of October. You cannot control the past, but you can control the future.
- Learn to say “no” diplomatically. Family and friends, especially if they are not in law school, do not understand how important studying is for exams. After all, in the past you just crammed for a week or two to get A grades. Explain to them why it is so different now and ask for their understanding.
The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only seven 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.
As a student of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, you may take advantage of the many services offered through the Belknap Campus Health Center. Campus Health provides confidential, affordable, effective and student-focused medical, mental and health education services to all students in the university community. For example, Campus Health Services provides confidential psychiatric services at no-charge to any student for a variety of mental health issues including:
- New or existing depression or other mood problems
- Panic attacks or other forms of anxiety
- Eating disorders
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling totally "stressed out" or overwhelmed
- Problems with alcohol or drugs
Other campus health services include counseling, primary care, personal nutrition counseling and self-management support, prescription assistance, and Yoga and Pilates classes. To learn more about the services you can take advantage of this semester and throughout the school year, visit the Campus Health website at https://louisville.edu/campushealth/. The Student Health Center is a 5-minute walk from the law school and is located between the Student Activities Center and the Houchens Building and behind the Floyd Street Parking Garage.
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands! Nearly $4500 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.
Congratulations to third-year students Andrew Henson and Forrest Kuhn! Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the first student band ever to win first place in the Lawlapalooza Battle of the Bands. They were followed by 100% Legal in second place and Keltricity in third.
Many thanks to our silent auction bidders! Bekah Soule won a night's accommodation at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Will Nefzger won a night's accommodation at the Seelbach Hilton. Becky Wenning won the original Guitar Player painting by Schuyler Olt and Vicki Senior won his Trumpet Player painting.
I’m stressed! What can I do? (Attend the Academic Success Workshop TODAY at 1:00 p.m.)
- Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week. You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.
- Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks. When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about your Torts class. When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
- Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam. Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
- Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged. You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks. Congratulate yourself for completing tasks.
- Minimize your non-law school commitments. If you work, cut back your hours. Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.
As of an arbitrary moment in time this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009), the following four Exam4 practice tests were facially wrong:
Do you enjoy using the Examples & Explanations series to supplement your learning for a particular course? If so, be sure to stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212) to review the most recent editions for many core courses, including Federal Income Tax, Property, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Secured Transactions, Domestic Relations, Decedents' Estates, Business Organizations, Torts, Professional Responsibility, and Criminal Law. You can check these books out during the semester.