If I could do my first semester over again...

(Study Tips, Dealing With Stress, Maintaining a Social Life, Financial Aid, Internships, Bar Exam, Careers in Law . . . )
User avatar
GodSpeed
Posts: 245
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:05 pm

Postby GodSpeed » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:17 pm

Talk to the profs more?

FWIW: I didn't have cable (still dont) or internet (until mid november). As good of an idea as that sounds, when you go to google-map something or look up a case on lexis real quick or check your email, you'll think twice about it.

I didn't have internet because my neighbor didn't put a password on his till mid october. Then it took over a month to get internet for some reason. Fortunately, they charged me for overnighting the modem.

RTR10
Posts: 153
Joined: Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:47 pm

Postby RTR10 » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:41 pm

Well, my neighbor/3L mentor has wireless, so if I need it at home, I can have it. As for the cable, with the writer's strike, none of my shows are on, and the ones that I really care about if they ever come back on are on ABC.com. It'll save me 80/mo, and I'll have less of a distraction.

And talk to the profs more often, yes! The classes that I feel the most comfortable with are the ones that I've spent lots of time in their offices, not necessarily talking about class, but just building a relationship. Why is that such a shock?

User avatar
GodSpeed
Posts: 245
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:05 pm

Postby GodSpeed » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:55 pm

Because it creates a false sense of security :oops:

User avatar
OregonGirl07
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:15 pm

Postby OregonGirl07 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:40 pm

Things I Will Do Differently
1. Outline Earlier in the Term (seems like a theme)
2. Get another supp or an outline for CivPro
3. Read my supplements for Contracts more often

Things I Will Continue To Do
1. Read and Brief all cases
2. Talk in class when I have a valid point
3. Highlight Ridiculously
4. Watch the few tv shows I want to watch for a break

06072010
Posts: 1468
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 2:30 pm

Postby 06072010 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:52 pm

1. Read and Brief all cases
2. Talk in class when I have a valid point
3. Highlight Ridiculously


Gunner alert! Just kidding, glad to see you still posting!

User avatar
Corsair
Posts: 3997
Joined: Mon Oct 19, 1981 12:25 am

Postby Corsair » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:26 am

..

User avatar
underdawg
Posts: 1131
Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:15 am

Postby underdawg » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:28 am

Wtf is this outlining biz? I assumed it was putting class notes in an organized fashion, but apparently not...

User avatar
orangeswarm
Posts: 198
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:38 pm

Postby orangeswarm » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:32 am

That's what it is......................right?
Last edited by orangeswarm on Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:33 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
4RE
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:08 pm

Postby 4RE » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:33 am

I will learn from your mistakes and contribute my own next year.

User avatar
OregonGirl07
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:15 pm

Postby OregonGirl07 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:42 am

PK, I said valid point, which means actually on topic. :wink:

User avatar
underdawg
Posts: 1131
Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:15 am

Postby underdawg » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:26 pm

So...um....is outlining that time consuming? If you've been typing up notes in class, it can't be that bad, can it?

06072010
Posts: 1468
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 2:30 pm

Postby 06072010 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:08 pm

The way you put notes together in class isn't always the best way to organize the info for the exam. It's about creating a tool for exam study, which isn't the same material as what's delivered in class. Also, I think it's the synthesis of the material that matters - the process of making the outline is most of the benefit.

jeff2486
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:59 am

Postby jeff2486 » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:54 am

For me, a lot of the material didn't make complete sense until I went back and reviewed it and created an outline from it. And, similar to what PK said you have a lot of useless material in your notes (useless for the exam) and you will likely have some holes in your notes that you will have to find through another method (hornbooks, ask a friend, go to the professor etc.).

To me although outlining took a lot of time it was very rewarding. Once I began outlining and reviewing the material everything came together for me and I began to realize that I actually learned something from law school.

SecondTimeAround
Posts: 22
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:38 pm

Postby SecondTimeAround » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:58 pm

or me, a lot of the material didn't make complete sense until I went back and reviewed it and created an outline from it.


This was true for me too; it wasn't till I did the outlining that I saw how the pieces fit together, and committed it all to memory (as I needed to for one of the classes, torts). This semester though, I hope to get a better grip on the material as I go along -- paying more attention to the underlying concepts of the cases, less to the (often incomprehensible) fact patterns. I found it simply too draining to try to master it all at semester's end. But then the outlining made me realize, as jeff2486 also said, that I really did learn something.

KennyinGrinnell
Posts: 27
Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:48 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby KennyinGrinnell » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:05 pm

If I could redo the first semester I would...
- Read the Torts E&E from the beginning
- Outlined along the way
- Spent more time having fun at the beginning of the semester, spent less time having fun at the end

User avatar
jerryike
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:05 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby jerryike » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:58 am

probably the most informational post i've read here.

good shit people, and good to see many of you doing so well.

keep it up

Leagon91
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:14 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby Leagon91 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:25 pm

TV, facebook, myspace, and youtube will all be banned during the Spring of 2008

User avatar
TTT-LS
Posts: 764
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:36 pm

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby TTT-LS » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:07 pm

-
Last edited by TTT-LS on Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.

kiskadee321
Posts: 30
Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:41 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby kiskadee321 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:27 pm

Solid advice! Definitely helpful. Super psyched to be in your shoes next yr and hopefully to remember your dos and don'ts :D

User avatar
Corsair
Posts: 3997
Joined: Mon Oct 19, 1981 12:25 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby Corsair » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:32 pm

..

User avatar
orangeswarm
Posts: 198
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:38 pm

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby orangeswarm » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:39 am

^^^ That's what I plan on doing this semester. I would like to leave school at school and spend some more time relaxing.

User avatar
themillsman22
Posts: 137
Joined: Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:37 pm

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby themillsman22 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:53 pm

I think what worked best for me was at the tail end of last semester I was getting my reading done while I was at school, so once I left the building I was psychologically "Free" from work until the next day.


That seems like a good plan.

User avatar
Corsair
Posts: 3997
Joined: Mon Oct 19, 1981 12:25 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby Corsair » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:59 pm

..

User avatar
bocifious
Posts: 63
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:18 am

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby bocifious » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:38 pm

Things I don't regret:

13,000+ lexis points. Everyone laughed at me, but they have some cool stuff.

User avatar
lishi
Posts: 996
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:53 pm

Re: If I could do my first semester over again...

Postby lishi » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:49 pm

What kind of stuff do you get?




Return to “Forum for Law School Students”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CharlieAvocado, Google [Bot] and 6 guests