calilaw wrote:I do take issue with your statement about "students who are intelligent," which implies some are not. All of my peers are exceptionally intelligent, yet by virtue of the curve many received C's. It's not about intelligence; it's about selecting whatever methods work for you (and the courses you're taking) and forcing yourself to study when you would rather be doing other things.
Thats what makes law school so damn hard, is everyone is so fucking smart.
Most are intelligent. Not all are, or at least not in a "law school" way. I have seen some exceptionally underprepared people do above median on exams, which makes me wonder what the bottom quarter people are doing to get smoked by people who studied only a minimal amount. I don't think anyone in law school is stupid, but I thoroughly disagree with the TLS and law school administration mantra that everyone in our classes is brilliant. Listen to what your classmates say in class sometime if you really think that everyone is equally smart. If you can't hear the stupid comments, then you may be the one making them.
If you reread what I wrote, I said "and." Being intelligent is one requisite
to doing what I said, the other is being good at exams. The latter is the far harder one to achieve, and I'd say a pretty small set of students have this skill naturally. But again, based on my own subjective experiences and observations, I think an intelligent student who is good at exam taking can study for a week or two for most exams and perform well. Its probably not the recommended approach, but it is possible. The material just isn't that hard to learn from supplements. I have seen some of my good friends who are just as smart as I am, twice as hard working, and know the material far better than I do, end up with worse grades than me. What's the explanation? Actual exam-taking skills is the difference. I think it is the single biggest factor to doing well in law school.
This is why I think all this discussion about reading strategy and shit is stupid. OP got bad grades because she wrote bad exam answers. She sounds lime she studied hard and understood the material. She just didn't produce quality on game day, so she needs to work on that by learning what the professors want by talking to them, and taking more practice tests. And she should chill and have more fun this semester, I seriously mean that. Getting up at 6 am on a Saturday in January for school stuff? You sound like a treat to go to school with. I really think chilling the hell out and not being so high strung would help your grades a lot.