Well, it’s that time of year again and end of year semester exams are already fast approaching with a vengeance!
However, instead of dreading the prospect of having your knowledge challenged by the ‘powers that be’, why not get yourself fully prepared and tackle them with a much more positive outlook? After all, they’re not designed to catch you out – they’re simply there to help aid your knowledge of the legal profession and how it all works, so that you can excel within your chosen career.
Of course, not too many students will ever suggest that they’re fully prepared and ready for whatever lies in store but the team at Legal Spiel have put together the top five ‘survival’ tips on how to sail through those long-awaited law exams in style! Are you ready? Of course you are!
- Firstly (and as obvious as this might sound) the most important tip is to fully understand what you’re studying! To help aid your overall understanding be sure to (quite literally) do your homework and question even your own reasoning – ideally by speaking to other students, lawyers and tutors. By doing this you’ll be able to air both your own views whilst also getting feedback from others well in advance of the exam date. In turn this will not only aid your own understanding of the topic but will also encourage the opinions of others – some of which you might not have thought about before.
- Whilst each student tends to have their preferred method of studying, it’s always a good idea to condense notes and read them out loud. Research shows this to be an effective way of learning and aiding memory processes so (unless you’re in the library, of course), make yourself heard – in every sense of the word!
- Always make sure you do as much research as possible but don’t forget to make a note of any resources you might choose to rely on. There’s nothing worse than ‘remembering’ where you found something but not being able to ‘evidence’ it. Again, putting pen to paper is a great idea since it helps to focus the mind and keep you focused. The same applies to memory techniques – especially if you need to remember specific case law and associated dates.
- If they’re available, ask your tutor for copies of previous exam papers so that you can get a real feel for what might be asked and how you should best approach it. Many students also find it helpful to complete the paper in exam-like situations and you could even do this with a fellow student to help encourage each other along the way.
- Last (but by no means least) never be tempted to leave your studies until the last minute. Whilst many students believe this keeps information ‘fresh’ on the mind it certainly doesn’t aid positive revision techniques and you could well find yourself forgetting everything you’ve read, despite it being the night before an exam.
Above all else, be sure to enjoy your studies (no matter how tedious they might seem from time to time). After all, as the old adage goes: “If it was easy – everyone would do it!”