How to Approach a Midterm

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AVBucks4239
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How to Approach a Midterm

Postby AVBucks4239 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:48 pm

I tried using the search feature on TLS but didn't see any threads specifically about preparation for a midterm instead of a final.

I am well aware of most of the tips on how to approach a final--start your outlines before the middle of the semester (and always keep them current), emphasize rules and black letter law in your cases, learn how to apply the law to the facts, take practice exams, etc. However, I'm just wondering if there is a slightly different approach for a midterm given that the content and preparation time are both cut in half.

To get more specific, it is in week seven of my torts class. There are no "practice midterms" on file in the library, only finals. I also asked the professor and he said no midterms were available.

How does the timetable change for approaching a midterm? When would be a good time to start outlining? Should I read ahead to be able to start taking practice exams by week 4 or 5? Should I utilize the practice finals even though I won't know much of the material?

All advice is appreciated.

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Re: How to Approach a Midterm

Postby PitchO20 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:05 pm

Does it factor into your overall grade?

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Re: How to Approach a Midterm

Postby AVBucks4239 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:18 pm

PitchO20 wrote:Does it factor into your overall grade?

Yes. Midterm is 1/3 of grade, Final is 2/3.

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Re: How to Approach a Midterm

Postby typ3 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:33 pm

Study for it like you would a final.

Get your work done that will be on the test at least a week early. (Two if you have any LAWR assignments due.) Find a few practice midterms. If none are available get some questions online from a bank. You won't have time to do a lot of practice tests, but you should study the material and practice on a few exams.

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Re: How to Approach a Midterm

Postby 5ky » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:48 pm

Doing some CALI lessons for Torts might be helpful if you can't get ahold of any practice exams, etc. http://www.cali.org




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