ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

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ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:55 pm

So, grades came in and, as expected, I did really bad. I know both some of the general and specific reasons why I did so bad, and am making sure to not make the same mistakes.

Anyone who did really bad and made dramatic improvements want to share their story?

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby dood » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:15 pm

by stop listening to all the shit on TLS and just did it the way i always have. tried and proven methods that work for u ftw.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby JusticeHarlan » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:53 pm

This thread turned into a decent discussion about various study methods and exam techniques.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby nealric » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:09 pm

There was no magic. I studied more and worked harder.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:31 pm

JusticeHarlan wrote:This thread turned into a decent discussion about various study methods and exam techniques.


Ugh. Six pages long. Can I get the tldnr version?

Seriously, thanks so far.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby sundance95 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:33 pm

TheFutureLawyer wrote:
JusticeHarlan wrote:This thread turned into a decent discussion about various study methods and exam techniques.


Ugh. Six pages long. Can I get the tldnr version?

Seriously, thanks so far.

Not being willing to read six pages may have contributed to your problem in the first place.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby LS-boundNYC » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:40 pm

sundance95 wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:
JusticeHarlan wrote:This thread turned into a decent discussion about various study methods and exam techniques.


Ugh. Six pages long. Can I get the tldnr version?

Seriously, thanks so far.

Not being willing to read six pages may have contributed to your problem in the first place.


lol'd

I also think this thread could be relevant to my interests

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby bport hopeful » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Im around median after first semester without reading or taking any notes. I played games in class, every class. The first time I got cold called, I was playing Angry Birds and laughed out loud.

If I start acting like a student, do you think I could improve?

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:43 pm

LS-boundNYC wrote:
sundance95 wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:
JusticeHarlan wrote:This thread turned into a decent discussion about various study methods and exam techniques.


Ugh. Six pages long. Can I get the tldnr version?

Seriously, thanks so far.

Not being willing to read six pages may have contributed to your problem in the first place.


lol'd

Lol'd as well, but I knew that was coming.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby Sandro » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:35 pm

bport hopeful wrote:Im around median after first semester without reading or taking any notes. I played games in class, every class. The first time I got cold called, I was playing Angry Birds and laughed out loud.

If I start acting like a student, do you think I could improve?


Same boat, I didnt really study at all semester except for cramming for 2 days before the exams. I figure if I start memorizing shit for exams now theres no way I dont do better than last semester which was a joke, in retrospect (in terms of how I approached it, I failed but still ended up median)

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby bport hopeful » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:11 am

Sandro wrote:
bport hopeful wrote:Im around median after first semester without reading or taking any notes. I played games in class, every class. The first time I got cold called, I was playing Angry Birds and laughed out loud.

If I start acting like a student, do you think I could improve?


Same boat, I didnt really study at all semester except for cramming for 2 days before the exams. I figure if I start memorizing shit for exams now theres no way I dont do better than last semester which was a joke, in retrospect (in terms of how I approached it, I failed but still ended up median)

Exactly my man. Did work during finals week, but thats about it. I feel like Ill be ok if I actually do work.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby TB12 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:49 am

bport hopeful wrote:Im around median after first semester without reading or taking any notes. I played games in class, every class. The first time I got cold called, I was playing Angry Birds and laughed out loud.

If I start acting like a student, do you think I could improve?


I don't know. Most of class time is absolutely worthless.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby 5ky » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:53 pm

ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby johansantana21 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:56 pm

I hope bport or sandro go to a HYS.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby Detrox » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:07 pm

Go talk to your profs about your exams, even the ones you did well on. Despite the wisdom I sometimes see on these boards, I find LS exams to be very dependant on the prof and not objectively capable of being perfected outside the context of their specific class. If you have profs willing to go over what you did wrong and did right on their specific subject, you can perhaps translate that into general issues that you can focus on during your next semester.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby bport hopeful » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:53 pm

5ky wrote:ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed
Whos bragging? Median doesnt equal unemployed. Grow up.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby johansantana21 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:56 pm

bport hopeful wrote:
5ky wrote:ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed
Whos bragging? Median doesnt equal unemployed. Grow up.


Are you a URM, IP, or go to a T6 school?

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby bport hopeful » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:59 pm

johansantana21 wrote:
bport hopeful wrote:
5ky wrote:ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed
Whos bragging? Median doesnt equal unemployed. Grow up.


Are you a URM, IP, or go to a T6 school?

No dude. And I dont want to start this argument.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby LawMan20 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:08 pm

bport hopeful wrote:
johansantana21 wrote:
bport hopeful wrote:
5ky wrote:ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed
Whos bragging? Median doesnt equal unemployed. Grow up.


Are you a URM, IP, or go to a T6 school?

No dude. And I dont want to start this argument.


Lol, dang... would have been a fun one to watch.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby Sandro » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:38 pm

Who is bragging, and dont you usually have to have something to brag about (aka not median) ? I royally fucked up my time management and study schedule for exams last semester, which was incredibly dumb. Do you want me to lie and say I studied a lot ?? Go get laid or something.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby I.P. Daly » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:16 pm

bport hopeful wrote:The first time I got cold called, I was playing Angry Birds and laughed out loud.


Angry Birds is bad new bears. It can be highly addictive. Those crazy Finns did a good job creating that online computer game.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby TheFactor » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:44 pm

johansantana21 wrote:
bport hopeful wrote:
5ky wrote:ITT: bizarre bragging about how little work they did to finish median where median = unemployed
Whos bragging? Median doesnt equal unemployed. Grow up.


Are you a URM, IP, or go to a T6 school?

just stop

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby 3|ink » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:40 pm

Some people can get away without doing shit in law school and still maintain 10%. You're not one of them. Neither am I. Few people are. Just work harder. There's nothing else to it. I came into 1L assuming the people around me were a lot smarter, so I put a hell of a lot of effort into my work. I owe my success to the fact that I didn't succumb to the "I'm smarter than most people in my class" syndrome.

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby Sandro » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:33 pm

3|ink wrote:Some people can get away without doing shit in law school and still maintain 10%. You're not one of them. Neither am I. Few people are. Just work harder. There's nothing else to it. I came into 1L assuming the people around me were a lot smarter, so I put a hell of a lot of effort into my work. I owe my success to the fact that I didn't succumb to the "I'm smarter than most people in my class" syndrome.


Everyone* is smart*

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Re: ITT: how you improved dramatically from first semester

Postby 3|ink » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:44 pm

Sandro wrote:
3|ink wrote:Some people can get away without doing shit in law school and still maintain 10%. You're not one of them. Neither am I. Few people are. Just work harder. There's nothing else to it. I came into 1L assuming the people around me were a lot smarter, so I put a hell of a lot of effort into my work. I owe my success to the fact that I didn't succumb to the "I'm smarter than most people in my class" syndrome.


Everyone* is smart*

Clearly I'm not because I don't get it.




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