Reposted from November 25, 2014. Part 2 of this series can be seen here.
It’s beginning to be that time again – finals. To assist you, the library is starting a two part series about the resources available to assist with final exams. Whether you’re a 1L, 2L, 3L or LL.M. there is always a new tip around the corner that can assist with ‘hacking’ the exam process.
Law School Links(the Nuts and Bolts):
Exam Study Tips
A simple Google search will provide troves of exam study tips provided by law school professors and experts. Advice runs the gamut of exam strategy, study aids, study strategies and leveraging student groups.
The library also has a number of books that can assist with exam taking and study. A complete list is in the Library New Student Toolkit . Many of these books are quick reads and available on reserve.
A good method for preparing for law school exams is to practice answering questions from past exams. For that reason, we have an exam archive which goes all the way back into the mid-1960s. Not all professors place their exams in the Law School’s exam archive. Some will post them on their individual TWEN site.
If you were unable to attend the Academic Success Workshops, Mary Beattie has created a TWEN course which has information for preparing for exams, time management, case briefing and synthesis as well as writing.
You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating, another very important component of finals is keeping well. You’re not going to do your best if you are not physically well. Developing strategies for keeping cool under pressure will aid in wherever your legal career takes you.
At the library we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of student’s time management skills. Time is the one resource that always seems to elude all of us. Starting to practice good time management skills now will pay dividends later. Some helpful hints:
- The Law School’s Time Management Tips are located on TWEN
- SLU Law’s Tips for Time Management
- How to allocate your Time and Your Effort by Elizabeth Grace Saunders on the Harvard Business Review Blog
- 12 Quick Productivity Pick-Me-ups from the Time Management Ninja
Books & E-Books at the Library:
- ABA Basic Guide to Punctuation, Grammer, Workplace Productivity and Time Management by Jayne Kracker (KF 250 K73 Reference)
- Bridging the Gap Between college and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta K Stropus & Charlotte D Taylor (KF 283 S87 2015 5th floor)
- Ebrary has many electronic books for online reading. Simply search for ‘time management.’
You probably don’t have time now, but Jennifer Cerney and Student Services provide Time Management Counseling.
It seems so easy, right? But its easy to forget the need to keep yourself whole during a stressful busy time.
Helpful books at the library:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic by Stephen R. Covey (BF 637 S8 C68 2004 3rd floor reading lounge)
- Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance by Cami McLaren and Stephanie Finelli (KF 289 M35 2014 5th floor)
- Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer by Paul A Haskins (KF 297 E87 2013 5th floor)
- The Creative Lawyer: a Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction by Michael Melcher KF 300 M46 2014
- Zen of Law School Success by Chad Noreuil (KF 283 N67 2013 3rd floor reading lounge)
Remember the importance of breathing.
Eating healthy is hard during finals. But for your brain to be in its best shape, its worth trying. Adding some brain ‘super foods’ won’t hurt.
It’s hard to do but try to get the proper amount of sleep for your body. According to the National Institute of Health lack of sleep can affect motivation, mood, decision making, cognition, analytical thinking, memory and learning. All skills that are needed during finals.
Mindfulness might be ‘in’ but it is ‘in’ for a reason. Professor Deborah Calloway has written a book on the benefits of meditation and contemplative practices. Where better to start than law school? Check it out:
Becoming a Joyful Lawyer: Contemplative training in non-distraction, empathy and emotional wisdom by Deborah Calloway (K120 .C35 2012 3rd fl New book Shelf)
Have some extra time? Check out these extra links:
- UConn’s Health Education Website
- 9 Simple Things You Can Do to Be a Happier, Healthier Person by Amanda L. Chan on Huffington Post
- Try Meditation to Strengthen your Resilience by Peter Bregman on HBR Blog
- 11 Ways to Avoid Burnout by Sasha VanHoven on 99U
Since Thanksgiving is this week, the last thought is about gratitude. If you aren’t well-rested, whole and balanced the rest of your life (and exams) will not be positive and productive. Use the break to reflect on what you are thankful for as well as sleep and spend time with friends and family. It will help build up your spirit for the month ahead.