A common theme in my discussion with students is that there are not enough hours in the day. At this point in the semester, many students are starting to get stressed over the amount of work to fit into the amount of time left in the semester. It can seem overwhelming if one does not use good time management skills. Here are some tips:
- Realize that you control your time. With intentional behavior, you can take control of the remainder of the semester rather than feeling as though it is a roller coaster ride. Make time for what really matters.
- Work for progress in every course. If you focus on one course to the detriment of the other courses, it creates a cycle of catch-up and stress. Space out work on a major assignment over the days available and continue with daily work in all other courses.
- Use small pockets of time for small tasks. Even 15 minutes can be used effectively! Small amounts of time are useful for memory drills with flashcards or through rule recitation out loud. Twenty minutes can be used to review class notes and begin to condense the material for an outline. Thirty minutes can be used for a few multiple-choice practice questions or to review a sub-topic for a course.
- Capture wasted time and consolidate it. Students often waste up to an hour at a time chatting with friends, playing computer games, watching You Tube, answering unimportant e-mails, and more. Look for time that can be used more productively. If several wasted blocks of time during a day can be re-captured and consolidated into a longer block, a great deal can be accomplished!
- Use windfall time well. It is not unusual in a day to benefit from unexpected blocks of time that could be used. A professor lets the class out early. A study group meets for less time than expected. An appointment with a professor is shorter than scheduled. Rather than consider the time as free time, use it for a study task.
- Realize the power of salvaged blocks of time. If you capture a half hour of study time a day, that is 3.5 extra hours per week. An hour per day adds up to 7 hours per week. Time suddenly is there that seemed to be unavailable.
- Break down exam review into sub-topics. You may not be able to find time to review the entire topic of easements intensely, but you can likely find time to review its first element intensely. By avoiding the "all or nothing mentality" in exam review, progress is made in smaller increments. It still gets the job done!
- Evaluate your priorities and use of time three times a day. Every morning look at your tasks for the day and evaluate the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish everything. Schedule when you will get things done during the day. Do the same thing at lunch time and make any necessary changes. Repeat the exercise at dinner time.
- Cut out the non-essentials in life. Save shopping for shoes for that August wedding until after exams. Stock up on non-perishable food staples now rather than shop for them every week. Run errands in a group now and get it over with to allow concentrating on studies for the rest of the semester.
- Exercise in appropriate amounts. If you are an exercise fanatic spending more than 7 hours a week on workouts, it is time to re-prioritize. You may have the best abs among law students at your school, but you need to workout your brain cells at this point in the semester.
- Boost your brain power in the time you have. Sleep at least 7 hours a night. Eat nutritional meals. Your brain cells will be able to do the academic heavy lifting in less time if you do these simple things.
So, take a deep breath. Take control of your time. And good luck with the remainder of the semester. Adapated from a post by Amy Jarmon, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law.
Congratulations to Brittany Hampton, winner of the 2011 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Jamie Jackson, and Appellee, Brittany Hampton, advanced from the first semifinals to compete in the final round on April 8, which was judged by Sixth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals Judge Danny Boggs, Hardin County Family Court Judge Pamela Addington, and Hardin County Chief Regional Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton.
The final round of the Oral Advocacy Competition is set for Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom. The opening round started with over fifty competitors and the final two are Jamie Jackson (Appellant) and Brittany Hampton (Appellee). They will argue before Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kelly Mark Easton of Hardin Circuit Court, and Judge Pamela Addington of Hardin Family Court. Please stick around the law school an extra hour or two on Friday afternoon to watch the finals. Congratulations to Jamie and Brittany for advancing.
A revised Fall 2011 course schedule and exam schedule (version 4/7/11) has been posted to the Class Schedules page (under Academics - Resources) of the Law School website.
A major change is that Professor Blackburn's Business Organizations class will meet from 2:25 to 4:05 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will not end at 3:45 p.m., as it is a 4-credit course. This error occured when courses were shifte in an earlier version of the schedule.
Other changes include listing Mary Anne Copeland as the instructor of Intellectual Property (on both the course and exam schedules) and to correct a minor typo for Section 33 of the Fall 2011 Basic Legal Skills course.
The Spring 2011 exam schedule, with room numbers, has also been posted on both the Class Schedules and Exam pages (both under Academics) of the Law School website, as well as a note about exams and make-up exams.
When looking at an exam schedule or a course schedule, please note the semester for that schedule at the top so that you don't mistake one semester's schedule for another semester. Thanks!