Law school is one of the most demanding, rigorous avenues of education currently offered in the United States. Students pursuing careers as attorneys must commit to years of intense study before they can realize their dreams. As a youthful, forward-thinking law firm in Central Missouri, Deputy & Mizell, LLC is proud to support the next generation of up-and-coming lawyers. If you (or someone you know) is currently in law school, these suggestions can help you prepare for the approaching final exams.
1. Spend More Time On The Topics You Dislike
As you prepare for your exams, you will likely be drawn to study the topics that you enjoy and have significant interest in. Because they are of greater interest to you, however, it is also likely that you already have a good working understanding of these topics. This means that, while it may not seem as exciting, your time may be better spent studying topics that you do not enjoy as much.
2. Start Early
Final exams may still be several weeks away, but it is important to begin preparing now. Your final examinations will likely cover everything that has been discussed in class throughout the entire term; it won’t be something you can prepare for in just a few days. The sooner you start, the better you will be able to set yourself up for success.
3. Use Study Aids
Study aids are aptly named; they can be an invaluable resource as you prepare for your final exams. The primary advantage of study aids is that they cover the same information in your lecture or book, but they approach it from a different angle. Viewing the topic from different perspectives can make it easier for you to wrap your brain around the material.
4. Review Old Exams
Don’t be afraid to ask your professor if he has old exams from previous courses he would be willing to show you. Old exams are immensely valuable, as they show you the exam format your professor is likely to use and the types of questions that are likely to appear on the test. Instead of automatically reading through the answers, challenge yourself by “taking” the old exam and grading it yourself. This will help give you an idea of how much preparation work still lies ahead of you.
5. Synthesize Course Material
This is a multi-step process, but one that will serve you well if you are willing to dedicate appropriate time to it. Go through the course description and make a comprehensive outline of all the sections and the material covered in each. This initial outline doesn’t have to be formatted in any particular way, but it does have to be thorough.
After you have built this initial outline, save a new version and rewrite it. Go through it section by section and condense the material covered in each. Continue this cycle until you have a concise, comprehensive outline you can use as a study guide. Not only will this study guide be a valuable resource to help you prep for your final exam – the process of going through the material over and over will also be incredibly beneficial.
Don’t make the mistake of procrastinating. Law school exams are comprehensive, thorough, and challenging. In order to succeed, you have to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. Our hope is that by implementing these suggestions into your study routine, you will be able to better position yourself for success on your final exams.
On behalf of all of our attorneys in Mid-Missouri, we wish you the very best of luck!