This week’s tips will focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students. Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice: Save up your absences and use all of them the last two weeks of class so that you can focus on exam studying.
Why this advice is bad advice:
- Important topics are often covered at the end of classes because the topics are more advanced than some of the material you have had previously. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the material if you miss classes.
- Your professors are likely to tie the course together in the last weeks of class. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the course if you skip classes.
- Your professors are likely to talk about the exam in more detail during the last weeks of class. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the exam instructions, tips, and study guidelines.
- You will go into exams with less personal understanding of the material covered at the end of the semester. Some professors emphasize material covered at the end of classes very heavily in the exam questions.
- If you follow this advice, you will also not be reading your cases. You will only be more behind in understanding the course than you were previously.
- Plan your time management for the coming weeks so that you get all of the tasks done that are necessary for success – including going to class prepared.
- Do not stop reading your cases. You need to understand the material through the last class. Become more efficient and effective in your reading.
- If you do not know how to structure your time for the remainder of the semester to get each task done, visit the Academic Success Office for help.
WANT THE POSSIBILITY TO COMPETE AT OXFORD?
The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre is hosting it’s annual Trademark Law Moot Court Competition March 18 & 19, 2011.
There is no guarantee to travel to Oxford. The team will write and submit a brief to the Competition Committee, who will choose the top 20 submissions that will be invited to Oxford.
The brief will be worth 1 credit hour, if the team is chosen the authors will receive 2 credit hours (1 for the brief and 1 for the argument portion).
All are invited to The Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities' (CSCJBC) first community event for the fall of 2010. Join us as we premiere our first documentary "Justice for All." This film by the talented young film maker Stephen "John Doe" Barbour features commentary from scholars, laymen, politicians, and community men and women on pressing issues from education to unemployment to troubling nuances of the prison industrial complex and how these problems impact us all.
Commentary and Q&A with Louisville Circuit Court Judge Brian C. Edwards - former director of CSCJBC, follow the short documentary.
So, join us at 21C Museum Hotel - rated America's best hotel by the readers of Conde Nast (#6 in the world - bet you didn't know that!). Free heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception from 21C's outstanding menu. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the main event kicks off promptly at 6:30pm.
For more information contact Ricky Jones at (502) 852-0027.
Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you. Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study? Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student? Have you completed a degree checklist recently? Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27. Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc. Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection. To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112).
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
It’s happening here – another “brief” break!! Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, TODAY, for a brief break from their computers and their books. We’ll have every variety of Krispy Kreme you can imagine, plus coffee, milk, and apple cider! So please join us anytime between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes. The remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.
- Ask your professors questions. Your professors will be writing and grading your exams. Your professors are the experts. Ask questions about any areas on which you are confused. Ask early and often rather than wait until the end of classes.
- Spend time on memory work. Drill on rules and elements so that you know them by heart. Even if you are able to take a rule or statute book into an exam, you need to know the rules to avoid having to look everything up.
- Apply the material constantly. The more practice questions that you do, the better prepared you will be to organize your answers and to spot nuances in the law. Practice questions also help you self-monitor what you need to study more and what you know already.