ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP
Posted August 17th, 2009 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Take Control of Your Studying Before Too Much Time Flies By
- Designate one place in your apartment where you will have your law school study center. Organize all of your casebooks, study aids, dictionaries, binders, spiral notebooks, and other study materials in this one spot. When you finish with a binder or casebook or stapler, return it to its place. You will waste less time searching for your law school materials if you have one spot for everything.
- Make a shopping list of what study materials you need and stock your apartment study center now. Buy extra notepads, pens, ink cartridges, printer paper, paper clips, and other materials. By anticipating your needs for the semester, you can avoid multiple or panicked trips to the office supply store later. Also, you may be able to save money by buying bulk quantities instead of separate purchases of the items over time.
- Lay out everything you will need the next day before you go to bed. It is easier to get organized while you can think calmly about the items you need for each class. Grabbing up items as you rush out the door will likely lead to not having everything you need once you arrive at the law school.
- Purchase a large dry erase board for your study center if you think it will help you. Visual learners often benefit greatly from a dry erase board with multiple colors of markers. Create flowcharts, methodologies, IRAC outlines for practice question answers, or other information initially on a dry erase board. You can add, delete, and modify until you are happy with the result. Then, you can copy the final version on to the computer or paper. Some students use the dry erase board for calendaring and listing “to do” items.
- Use monthly and weekly schedules and daily “to do” lists to organize yourself. The monthly schedule can be used for deadlines and assigning daily tasks to meet the deadlines on time. The weekly schedule can be used to design a study schedule that can be repeated most weeks to make certain you are getting all study tasks done each week. “To do” lists can be used to prioritize the most important tasks each day.