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Weekly Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural.  21 days is the normal time needed, so do not give up if you are almost there for full implementation and need more time.
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn how to salsa dance, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat. 
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions:

          a.  Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?
          b.  If not, is the new study technique compatible with solving a concern I have because of my learning preferences?
          c.  Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?
          d.  Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?
          e.  If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success?
           f.  Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks?
          g. Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory?
          h. Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter?
           i. Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying?
           j. Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself?
          k. Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time?
          l. What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, set up an appointment to work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for 1 week to decide whether to implement it permanently.

HAITI RELIEF DONATION!!!! (VERY IMPORTANT)

If you have not donated to the Haiti relief effort, then please do so as soon as  possible.  If you text "Haiti" to 90999, then you can donate $10 instantly to the Red Cross.  This will be used specifically for the Haiti relief effort.  You can view First Lady's, Michelle Obama's, appeal for your help at the following link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP-GuVuYC38&feature=player_embedded

 

Your donation will go a long way.  Please donate!!!

SBA FOOD SERVICE DATES!!!!

The SBA would like to thank all of the organizations that signed up to participate in the SBA Food Service Program this semester.  The dates covered by the SBA Food Service Program are listed below:

Jan. 20 - SELS Meeting

Jan. 25 - Student Health Law Association

Jan. 27 - SALDF

Feb.3 - Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Feb. 8 - Student Health Law Association

Feb. 15 - Alternative Date

Feb. 17 - SALDF

Feb. 22 - Student Health Law Association

Mar. 3 - SALDF

Mar. 8 - Alternative Date

Mar. 10 - Alternative Date

Mar. 29 - Alternative Date

Mar. 31 - SALDF

Apr.  7 - Christian Law Society

 

 The "Alternative Dates" will only be used in the rare circumstance of a cancellation due to a law school administration conflict.  All of these dates only cover the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. time period.  Please see Victor Revill if you have any questions.

Bar Exam Presentation

The January 7 Kentucky Bar Exam presentation is now available for viewing at http://media.law.louisville.edu/node/146.  All students taking the July 2010 Kentucky Bar Exam should watch this presentation.  If you need the packet of materials that were distributed during the presentation, please stop by Kimberly Ballard's office (room 212).

Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural.  21 days is the normal time needed, so do not give up if you are almost there for full implementation and need more time.
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn how to salsa dance, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat.
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions: 

          a.  Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?
          b.  If not, is the new study technique compatible with solving a concern I have because of my learning preferences?
          c.  Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?
          d.  Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?
          e.  If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success? 
           f.  Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks? 
          g. Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory? 
          h. Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter? 
           i. Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying? 
           j. Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself? 
          k. Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time? 
          l. What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard on these aspects.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for 1 week to decide whether to implement it permanently.

JULY 2010 KY BAR EXAM

If you are planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July, and you have not started to complete the KY Bar Exam Application, you need to start TODAY.  The deadline to submit a completed application, application fee, authorization and release forms, credit report, computer testing release of liability form (if applicable), and non-standard testing accommodations application (if applicable) is FEBRUARY 1.   If you were unable to attend the KY Bar Presentation on January 7, be sure to stop by Kimberly Ballard's office (Room 212) to pick up handouts that were distributed at the meeting.  As soon as the video from the 1/7 presentation is posted on LawTube, a notice will be posted in the Daily Docket.  All students taking the KY Bar Exam in July need to watch the presentation.

Photo Gallery: The Place of Religion in Public Life - A Debate

First Year Mock Student Interviews

The SBA will be hosting Mock Interviews for first year students conducted by second and third year students on Tuesday 1/19/10, Wednesday 1/20/10, Thursday 1/21/10, and Friday 1/22/10. Each 20 minute interview will consist of 10-15 minutes of questioning and 5-10 minutes of feedback. These interviews are a great ice breaker before the Young Lawyers Interviews and on-campus interviews. Please sign-up in the Career Services Library by Friday 1/15/10. Also please submit a resume when you sign-up. (GPA's are not required and may be omitted from your resume if you wish.) If you have any questions please contact Johnna Spicer at jaspic03@louisville.edu.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Tips for a New Semester

Here are some things to consider at the start of this new semester.  I am happy to help you with any of the areas for which you want to make an appointment.
  • Remember that a grade measured your knowledge and application on one set of questions at one point in time on one day.  If you did very well, congratulations.  But do not slack off because you think you will do that well again without working hard.  If you did not do as well as you wanted, realize that changes in study habits can make a world of difference.  Some people catch on to law school faster than others.
  • Study smarter not harder.  There are many strategies and techniques that can make you more efficient and effective.  Law school success is not only about knowing the law and applying it.  Law school success is also about knowing how to study the law.  Even 2L and 3L students can benefit from new study habits. 
  • Ask for assistance if you are not happy with your grades.  You are not destined to be the “great middle” of your class if you are willing to take control of the situation and seek help.  Make an appointment with the Director of Academic Success.  Ask questions regularly of your professors.  Find a good study partner or study group.  If you are a 1L, sign up for the Structured Study Group program. 
  • Use study aids wisely.  Study aids are supplements to your own work and processing of the material.  Study aids are not shortcuts to avoid your own work.  You must do the struggling with the material to understand it deeply and be able to apply it.  Use study aids to assist in your understanding.
  • Remember that memorization of the law takes time.  You must know your “black letter” law as a foundation.  You must know the main rules, the exceptions to the rules, the variations on the rules, and the exact elements/factors of the rules.  Drill.  Drill.  Drill.
  • Outline every week for every course.  By staying on top of your outlining, you give yourself a master document from which to study for exams.  You need to understand the overview, the relationship among concepts, the methodologies (steps of analysis and tests), and enough detail to flesh all of it out.  By condensing material each week, you begin to master these four levels of knowledge.
  • Review regularly throughout the semester.  Study for exams all semester long.  If you distribute your learning, you will have deeper understanding of the law, retain information better, recall information better, recognize issues more easily, and be able to answer questions more effectively.  You forget 80% of what you learn within two weeks without regular review.  If you wait until the last six weeks to study for exams, you will be re-learning nine weeks of material while you are learning six weeks of material for the first time. 
  • Practice applying the law.  It is essential to know the law, but you MUST be able to apply the law to new fact scenarios.  The more practice questions you do, the better you will be at spotting issues, understanding nuances in the law, and using proper test-taking techniques.
  • Use time management techniques to your advantage.  You can get all of your tasks done every week and still have time to enjoy life!  If you will work with the Director of Academic Success on how to structure your time, you can read/brief, review before class, outline, review for exams, write papers, and complete practice questions each week with time left over.

Library's Basement & Lab Re-Open

The law library's basement and basement lab have finally re-opened after having incurred severe damage during the August 2009 floods.