Preparing for an Open Note Exam

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LOLyer
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Preparing for an Open Note Exam

Postby LOLyer » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:30 pm

2L here. After last spring, I felt like I finally figured out law school exams, and that I knew (to a reasonable degree) exactly how much effort I need to put fourth to get an A. I was already anticipating my class rank to rise a bit, but apparently all of the exams are open note this year.

While I think this method is probably a more accurate assessment of ability than a closed-note exam, my confidence in my future 4.0 has taken a hit. Can anyone tell me how I should prepare for these exams, compared to preparing for a closed note exam? Any tips for exam taking, organizing notes, etc.?

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Re: Preparing for an Open Note Exam

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:18 pm

Outline the same, but in your outline cross reference to where to find the original source in your case book. Also, make an index of terms - that will come in handy as you say, "oh, I need to discuss offer and acceptance," then you're able to quickly locate it in your outline. Other than that, I prepared exactly the same as for closed note - meaning, prepare as if you won't have your outline at all. That is the mistake people make - forgoing memorization thinking they'll lean on their outline. Meanwhile, people who memorized like normal were pounding through the exam racking up points.

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Re: Preparing for an Open Note Exam

Postby tigershark » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:08 pm

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Re: Preparing for an Open Note Exam

Postby quiver » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:02 am

NotMyRealName09 wrote:Outline the same, but in your outline cross reference to where to find the original source in your case book. Also, make an index of terms - that will come in handy as you say, "oh, I need to discuss offer and acceptance," then you're able to quickly locate it in your outline. Other than that, I prepared exactly the same as for closed note - meaning, prepare as if you won't have your outline at all. That is the mistake people make - forgoing memorization thinking they'll lean on their outline. Meanwhile, people who memorized like normal were pounding through the exam racking up points.
Completely agree with this.




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