The Home Stretch: Successfully Studying for Exams

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As we reach the last few days of classes, minds begin to turn to studying and preparing for exams. You may be wondering how to prepare and study for your exams without access to the library, nutshells, Examples & Explanations, and other study resources you usually have at the tip of your fingers. But fear not! The library offers many resources that you can access from the comfort of your home. Below are some of the most popular resources, as well as some fun things to do during a study break.

Exam Archive
The library maintains an archive of exams that professors have used in the past. This is a great tool to help you not only practice taking exams, but also to learn what each professor tends to look for, as well as what format you might be able to expect going into your exam. You will need to sign in with your NetID and password, but once you are logged in, you can search the exam archive by course title and instructor. Not all courses and professors have exams posted on the exam archive, so don’t be afraid to branch out. Look at exams from other professors covering the same or similar material or look at the exams your professor has used in the past for other courses - the format and expectations may be similar.  

CALI
All students have access to CALI, which provides lessons, podcasts, subject outlines, and books to help students understand various legal concepts. If you have not already created an account, you can do that by contacting your friendly reference team to obtain an authorization code. Once you create an account, you can peruse the multitude of lessons, podcasts, outlines, and books, or you can tailor a search to your specific subject or topic. 

Quimbee
The library also provides access to Quimbee. You’ll need to create an account using your UConn email address. Once you’ve created your account, you will have access to all kinds of case briefs, outlines, practice exams, flashcards, and multiple-choice questions. Quimbee also offers short videos on the topics you likely covered in class. It’s a great tool for reviewing material or to unravel those complex topics you may not have understood earlier in the semester. 

Getting to Maybe 
Getting to Maybe is a short book dedicated to helping students succeed in their law school exams. While you can’t currently check a physical copy out of the library, it is available on the National Emergency Library website. Written by former Dean Jeremy Paul and Professor Fischl, this book is a great way to prepare for your exams, especially if you’ve struggled in the past.

Legal Research
If you’re beginning to think about the legal research for a final paper, check out the library’s Free Online Legal Research LibGuide. This LibGuide provides free alternatives to Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg - all of which cover different subject areas. If you’re struggling to find a resource through your traditional methods, this LibGuide can help point you in another direction.

Reference Help
Of course, Anne, Adam, Maryanne, and Tanya are still available to help you during normal reference hours (Monday – Thursday 10AM – 7 PM and Friday 10 AM – 5 PM). You can send them an email at refdesk.lawlib@uconn.edu or ask a question through the chat system. You can even schedule a 1-on-1 meeting, which can be conducted over WebEx.

Study Breaks
It’s important to make sure you take a break from studying! While the library will not be able to provide a break in the form of a community puzzle, there are plenty of activities you can partake in on your own. Try a new recipe (Professor Valeria Gomez gave us a great recipe in the Student Affairs Video Podcast #5), get outside for some fresh air, or try some yoga or an online exercise class. You can also take time to mediate, pray, or practice mindfulness, write in a gratitude journal, or listen to an inspirational podcast. Feel free to mix and match your study breaks as well! Get your fresh air as you meditate, practice yoga, or write in your journal.

Don’t forget to catch up with family and friends through FaceTime and Zoom calls, or by scheduling movie nights – both Facebook and Netflix provide option to watch movies with friends.

You can also check out live cameras – watch the animals in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the birds at the Cornell Lab Feeder, or find your own favorite live camera! You can also organize and clean your home if you feel so inclined, lean to knit and crochet for free, or take time to color


No matter how you choose to study, the library staff is here for you! You can always reach out to us to ask for help – we'll be sure to point you in the right direction. There’s only a few weeks left, so take a deep breath and finish strong!

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Jennine Kottwitz
Library Assistant,UConn Law