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Academic Success Tip - Stress Resilience

It's that time in the semester when stress begins to escalate to new levels of intensity.  However, now is also the time when you need to use your best stress resilience skills.  Stress that is out of control can lead to illness, anxiety, lessened concentration, lack of sleep, and many other problems.  Below are a few tips on managing your stress for the remainder of the semester.

  • Put grades in perspective.  Grades are not equal to who you are as a person.  You have knowledge of the course, talents, character strengths, and other skills that go beyond that one exam.  We have many extraordinarily gifted and successful graduates in law practice and on the bench who will openly state that they graduated in the “great middle” of their class.  
  • All you can ask of yourself is to do the best that you can.  No one can do better than his or her best.  No man or woman is perfect.  The important thing is to do as well as you can within your intellectual capabilities, talents, and skills.  Our best does not always get us an “A” grade, but it does get us self-respect.   
  • Do not dwell on what you have no control over.  You cannot control the days of your exams in most cases.  You cannot control the questions on your exams.  You cannot control how a professor grades.  Do not waste time wishing that you had control over these things.  Focus instead on what you can control.
  • Do not dwell on what you did not do earlier in the semester.  You cannot change that you did not study enough during the first part of the semester.  You cannot change that you did not do practice questions earlier.  You cannot change that you did not outline earlier.  Regrets get you no further along the path to exam success.  Make a note to change next semester.  But for now, spend time and energy focusing on what you can still control.    
  • Take control of what YOU can control.   You can ask your professors questions about material you do not understand.  You can study with classmates to gain new or broader perspectives on the material.  You can do more practice questions.  You can set up a structured time management schedule to distribute tasks more effectively.  You can use study aids to help you understand material that is still vague.  You can use breaks to increase your focus during intense study periods.  You can use rewards to keep yourself motivated.

Reminder: Input on 2011-12 Schedule Due Today!

All student input about which courses you would like to see offered next year, 2011-12, is due today, Friday, November 19 to Dean Arnold,  Over the next few weeks, the schedule will be developed and potential instructors contacted.  Dean Arnold hopes to have an initial draft of the schedule out shortly after final exams are over (but no later than the start of classes in January).  Thanks for your participation!

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Congratulations, Scott Redding!  Your name was drawn to receive a Heine Brothers' gift card.  To claim your prize, you must stop by Dean Bean's office today, before 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Practice Questions

Practice; practice; and then practice.  Doing several practice questions for each of your classes is essential to exam success.  Make sure that you practice all questions given to you by your professors.  Practice questions are also available from study aids such as Examples & Explanations.  You can also look at CALI and bar prep materials for questions.  Make time this week to find practice questions for each of your classes that you can do over the break.   This extra effort will save you time in the end.

Brandeis "Brief" Break - TODAY

It’s happening here – another “brief” break!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Mosaic Lobby area, TODAY, for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of cookies to choose from and milk for dipping!  It's the perfect booster to get you through the last few days of the semester.  So please join us anytime between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.  

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Tomorrow!

The deadline for submitting a mandatory practice test, if you wish to use your computer for exams this semester, is tomorrow (Friday, November 19, 2010) at 11:59 PM. You must identify yourself with your UofL User Name (e.g., EAPRES01) on the practice test for it to be valid.

Students who used Exam4 for the Professional Responsibility exam Friday, November 5, are all set and do NOT have to submit a second practice test. First-year students must download, install and submit a practice test using the new version of Exam4 now available. The version 1Ls used for the Legal Research final and/or the Torts I mid-term has expired and will not run anymore.

If you've submitted a practice test, you can check to see if it was received by looking at ExamTracker (see link below), which is also displayed this week on the hall monitors.

View the links below for all the information you need.

Congratulations to the Arbitration Team!


Congratulations to Samantha Thomas-Bush, Brandon Edwards, Megan Keane and Aaron Price for a very successful performance at the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition this past weekend!

One of our UofL teams won their first round and the other team was defeated by the second-place overall winners. In both rounds the judges commented on the teams’ excellent preparation and the fact that the competitors were much more advanced than the judges themselves were as students.

Congratulations, and great job!

CardMail Coming (for Students) in January 2001

Beginning in January 2011, UofL Law students may begin migrating their University mail account away from GroupWise -- : ) -- to "CardMail," a new student email system provided by Microsoft Outlook Live.

CardMail will offer:

  • 10GB of mail storage,
  • Instant messaging,
  • A movie maker,
  • A photo gallery, and
  • The 25GB Windows Sky Drive, a cloud-based file storage service, with anytime-anyplace access to documents.
For complete and up-to-date information, including dates, training and FAQs, check University I.T.'s CardMail page.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Congratulations, Zach Berry!  Your name was drawn to receive a Heine Brothers' gift card.  To claim your prize, you must stop by Dean Bean's office today, by 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Recharge Your Study Schedule

Take a close look at your study schedule.  Are you utilizing your free time effectively, especially the time that was once reserved for classes that have now ended, including Basic Legal Skills and Professional Responsibility?  Put this additional free time to good use - review your class notes, finalize your outlines, meet with your professors.  Whatever tasks you need to accomplish in preparation for finals, be sure to take advantage of the time you now have available.