Author: Academic Achievement Department

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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Start Strong to Finish Strong

A law school friend of mine who is now a professor at one of our wonderful state universities recently noted the following about his most recent crop of students: 66% of the students received a final grade that was the same letter as the grade they received on their first assignment. Moreover, only 9% of the students received a final grade that was higher than the grade they received on their first assignment. Do the math and you’ll see that a sizeable portion of students received a final grade that was worse than the grade they received on their...

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Time to Start Those Outlines

Believe it or not, you’re already a month into the Spring semester. Hopefully you’ve had a chance over the last four weeks to process you’re first semester grades, settle into your new classes, and think about the goals you want to achieve this year. Now that the Spring semester is in full swing, it’s time to start your course outlines. You should have covered more than enough material in your classes to start your outlines and it’s important to stay up to date with the outlining process so that you don’t have an overwhelming amount of material to outline...

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Advice from Our Fellows!

Review Sessions for 1L courses taught by our wonderful Academic Fellows will be resuming this week for the Spring Semester! These sessions are a great opportunity to receive some additional instruction in the black letter law as well as insight into how specific professors like you to tackle hypos and exam problems. Academic Fellows have achieved success in these classes, and they want to make sure you do the same. Here is some of our Academic Fellows’ best advice to help you succeed this semester:   “Read the material! If you do not understand it, find a supplement or...

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Bouncing Back After Grades Are Released

The start of a new semester is always a little bit exciting: you’re rested and refreshed from the break, learning about your new classes and professors, and anxiously awaiting the release of grades. When the big day finally comes and grades are released, some students will be overjoyed, some will be content, and some will be very disappointed. If you are one of those students who were pleasantly surprised with your grades, congratulations! Celebrate this accomplishment and keep up the hard work! But, if you were one of those students who was disappointed in their grades (or maybe even...

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