If you haven’t already, at some point in your law school career you will find yourself in the midst of a. At best, it’s a class for which your heart doesn’t sing; at worst, it seems like the class lectures are taught in a language you have not yet learned. Never fear! Below are a few basic tips to help you overcome your and tackle that tough final exam.
Stop Being a Baby
Of course, it would be easier to trust the universe to deliver a minor miracle and help you pass theafter a semester’s-long hiatus from , but that isn’t realistic. , especially in law school, is no recipe for success. It is far better to grab that tough class by the horns and own the material. Step one is recognizing that the material is not going to . Stop putting off what you know must be done. That seems simple, but the truth is, that first step of recognition is the first step toward meaningful action.
Go Back to Where it All Began
I am not talking about a review of the Code of Hammurabi, justReturn to the syllabus and the table of contents of your case book. These will help you understand the terrain, and now, because you have been sitting in class and reading all semester, you should experience a slight shimmer of recognition. Doing a is a good way to identify the areas you understand and those that are still Greek to you.
Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up
It is easy to convince yourself that there is no point starting on anlate in the semester. While it may be true that putting together a 50-page outline is beyond your reach, that wouldn’t help you much late in the semester anyway. The key is to think beyond the paper outline. Maybe it would be better to make . Better yet, leverage one of the many available to make digital flashcards. It doesn’t matter how you synthesize the material, what does matter is that you find a method that is both . Recognize that it might be a method you have not used before.
Trying to synthesize a complex subject like Federal Tax, for example, is not easy on a flashcard. For the more complex topics, spend some time picking apart the main topics and. Maybe you have a who always seems to know the answers. Ask them to review the finer points that you don’t understand. Better yet, your will be happy to discuss very complex issues with you. In that case, it’s vital that you have questions ready; don‘t go to office hours with a general, “I don’t get it” approach. It may be possible to boil down the very complex to a concise set of complete with graphics.
The First Step is the Hardest
I am currently staring down the barrel of a Fed Tax final that I feel completelyfor. I have definitely suffered from a conscious version of . I just felt overwhelmed, until I realized the hardest part was just jumping in to get my hands around the material. Stop procrastinating! . Make time. . Let everyone know that you need some space to study for an exam. Think of this as a dry run for . Find a quiet place, spread out all of your materials, and just take a slow walk through the material. This is better than nothing. You might even be surprised how much you know or remember from class or .
You Can Do This
This isn’t like yourwhere a little last-minute cramming might help you struggle through an exam with relative success. This is law school. The expectation is that you will learn and understand this material. what you memorized the night before aren’t good enough on a law school exam, particularly for a difficult subject. You are going to be asked to apply the material. That’s the challenging part. Just remember, you are a law student. You know how to do this, and you wouldn’t be in law school if you weren’t intelligent and capable. You absolutely can . As long as you have done the work the work throughout the semester, you’ve got this!
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