Exam Preparation Tips
- Try to have your outline / initial review of the material done by the start of the exam period.
- Read through your outline, clarifying things that are still confusing.
- For open book exams, spend a bit of time making your outline user-friendly: Tabbing, highlighting, color-coding, cross-referencing to other sections and text book page numbers.
- Especially for open book exams, many students find issue-spotting worksheets and other types of check lists to be helpful.
- Many professors have old exams or practice exams on file at the circulation desk of the law library. Check them out and copy them.
- Take practice exams with a study group. Sit together and follow the time guidelines. Then talk about your responses.
- Prior to your first exam, you might find it useful to sit for a full three or four hour practice exam so that you know what to expect from such a long exam. Think about how you are going to manage your time and the order in which you will do the exam components.
- Talk through exam and hypothetical responses in groups. Give the group 15 minutes to read and outline a response to a hypo and then talk about what your analysis would look like. Give each person a turn to tell their proposed response.
- Set time limits and goals for group study sessions. Reserve study rooms at the law library or the undergrad library.
- Talk through your outlines in your study group. Make sure everyone is solid on the main concepts. Answer each other's questions.
- Quiz each other on rules and concepts. Use Flash cards.
Memorize Main Concepts
- Rules in a Flash and/or homemade flash cards.
- Memorize rule statements from your outline.
- Get your blind grading number from the Registrar's office.
- Download the exam files for each of your classes onto Exam Soft.
Take Care of Yourself
- Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, eat well, exercise and generally take the time to take care of yourself. Keep your immune system strong.