Author: Academic Achievement Department

The Illusion of Knowing

We’ve all experienced the illusion of knowing: that feeling where you thought you understood everything perfectly when it was discussed in class, but when you review your notes at a later date – or worse, when you take the exam – you can’t explain the concepts. The illusion of knowing is the belief that we have mastered a topic, when in fact we haven’t. We may think we comprehend the concepts read it in our textbook or discuss it in class, but when asked to explain the concepts we struggle to articulate the answer. The illusion of knowing can...

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Post-Spring Break To-Do List

Now that the glorious week known as Spring Break is over, most students start to turn their attention towards final exams. Hopefully, Spring Break was an opportunity for you to rest, recharge, and get caught up on a few things so that you can enter the second half of the semester feeling energized and ready to work. As you settle back in to your routine after the week off, keep this to-do list in mind to help you make the most of the next few weeks so that you can enter final exams feeling prepared to perform your best....

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OCU Resources to Help You Succeed

Law school success requires a lot of self-discipline and individual effort. The infamous Socratic Method trains you to think like a lawyer, but it doesn’t typically spell out the legal rules and concepts you need to memorize. You may feel like you have to spend a lot of time teaching yourself the law, and that’s good! Researching, analyzing, and grappling with challenging legal issues is fundamental to the practice of law. But, you don’t have to struggle with the material completely on your own. OCU has plenty of resources to help you learn the law, practice your skills, and...

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Need to Get More Done? Rely on Routines

Law school doesn’t just train you in the law you’ll need to know when you start practicing, it also introduces you to many of the attributes you’ll need to be a successful lawyer. Just like lawyers, law students need to produce high quality work on a consistent basis, while managing lots of different projects, deadlines, and responsibilities. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, here’s the really tricky part: many, if not most, of the tasks law students and lawyers have to complete aren’t particularly fun. Sure, there are times when the work is interesting, and thought-provoking, and challenging in...

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Struggling with Procrastination? Just give it 5 minutes

If you ever find yourself struggling with procrastination – maybe your putting off that paper you have to write, delaying your outlining, or telling yourself you’ll definitely start that project first thing tomorrow – don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even the most diligent and committed law student is going to have moments where they find it difficult to complete a study task. But efficiency, productivity, and, frankly, the ability to get things done even when you don’t necessarily enjoy them, are essential qualities of a successful law student, and lawyer. So if you tend to procrastinate, it’s important to...

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