HoosOnFirst wrote: SweetTort wrote: HoosOnFirst wrote:
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SweetTort wrote:0L, applying at UVA this Fall:
how're the gyms there? Is there a place nearby to lift weights that opens early?
There's also the AFC and Memorial Gym if you're closer to regular grounds
Which do you prefer/how is it?
NGRC is the newest and the closest to North Grounds, so it's probably the one you'll use the most and it has everything you need. AFC has a bigger pool I believe, and a whirlpool with a basketball hoop (who could pass that up?). It's also packed like sardines if you go at popular times (ie: right before or after dinner). Mem Gym is the oldest, but not many people are there which is nice. It's also got a great training room with various punching bags, which I'm a huge fan of. All of them are nice and will get the job done. If you care to stray from NGRC, then I'm sure you'll find stuff you like/dislike about each one depending on your preferences.
The battle room at Memorial is something everyone should experience at least once.
you what wrote:Aside from laptops, what are your preferred school supplies? I know it's an overly specific question, but (aside from being a supply/organization nerd) I just quit teaching to go to UVA Law and I've got a stock pile of things to choose from: binders, folders, comp books, spiral notebooks, highlighters, sharpies, etc. Trying to figure out what I can donate back and what would be best to keep. Do you use binders for classes? Just notebooks for note-taking? I'm assuming you don't get much in the way of handouts, so folders and binders are less useful.
Just use whatever worked for you in undergrad. No reason to switch up study habits now. A lot of people get caught up in what everyone else is doing in the first month or two of school (oh you're case briefing? I should do that too! oh you're highlighting in 99 different colors? I should too! oh you're outlining already? I should too!). The most important thing is to just do your own thing. Everyone learns differently and at their own pace. No one cares about how other people study after the first few weeks. The one suggestion I will make is that you construct your own outlines. Relying on an outline that someone else made in my opinion is not as great as making one yourself because the other's outline was tailored to how they learn and remember information. Your method of learning is 100% not the same and if you make an outline yourself it will be 100% better suited to how you need to process information.
As an example: I was a little unconventional in that I only used a laptop and the textbook. Profs usually made handouts digitally available so I just passed them along in class without taking one. I underlined and took notes in the book while I read (so I have great recommendations for long-lasting, non-smearing pens!) and maybe took notes in class on my laptop if something interesting was said (but was usually on FB or working on a non-law school project). I definitely got stares and eyerolls from classmates when I would mention I didn't take really take notes in class or brief cases or do practice tests (I never did a single one in law school). I always made my own outlines though and usually did that in the last two weeks of class (if I used another outline as a reference, I only did so after constructing my own first and used the model to fill in the gaps). I know other people who briefed every case, went to every class (I sure didn't), did study groups, had a no laptop policy in class, outlined before class, outlined during the semester, finished reading the material for the semester by the second month of the semester, did every practice test available, used supplements, used flash cards, etc. There are a million different ways to study, finding the best one for you is something only you can do through trial and error.