Well, I’m sick. I don’t know who the Typhoid Mary is in our school but my lungs feel like they are half full of muck and mire. Originally, I was going to have a post about negotiations but since I can’t think of anything but finals at this time, I figured I might as well make a post about that.
1. Use your syllabus a guide for your outline. Professors are trying to understand if you know the concepts, not just regurgitation of the cases. Besides, the cases are taught together in a particular order because the professor feels that enhance a certain point. Lump them together in your outline and think about how they illustrate a particular legal point.
2. Know your teacher. Some teacher want a lot of information; some teachers demand conciseness. I’ll be honest, there is no easy way to figure out what your teacher wants unless you ask their past students. The point I’m trying to make is that I’ve seen teachers say that after a certain number of words, they refuse to read anymore. I’ve also taken classes with teachers who are looking for an info dump. Understand who expects what goes a long way in getting a good grade.
3. Actually study your outline. It’s not enough that you have a good outline, you have to actually understand what the material. You do yourself no good by trying to learn new material during the test.
4. Get off this GD internet and go back to work! Seriously, there is a very good chance that you’re only on this blog because you are trying to avoid either outlining or your memo. Do yourself a favor and regulate internet use to that one station on Pandora that plays classical music for studying.
Really, are you still here, log off!