Author: Academic Achievement Department

Refresh Your Memory

We’re well into October and final exams are creeping closer and closer. There’s still a lot to learn, but it’s important that you periodically review what you have already covered. If you wait until the reading week to review all the material from a course, you’ll probably be left with an overwhelming amount of information to relearn. What’s more, you may not have time to get clarification of concepts that you don’t fully understand. To save yourself from the stress and hassle of cramming right before finals, be sure you’re doing some spaced review. Spaced review involves periodically reviewing...

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Time for a Mid-Semester Check-In

The start of October is a good time check in with yourself and evaluate your progress during the first half of the semester. Are you still feeling motivated and staying on top of your assignments? Great! Keep the momentum going. Are you feeling disengaged or even bored? Do you find yourself procrastinating? Are you feeling intimidated by the reading assignments or lost in class? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a mid-semester slump. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to get yourself back on track so that you can finish the...

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Advice From Our Fellows

In the learning process, it’s important to learn from those who know. So for this week’s post, we’re sharing some advice, insight, and suggestions from our academic fellows. Check out what these students think you should know as you tackle 1L year:   “I found it very helpful to get Monday and Tuesday classes read for over the weekend and also to actually read all the material. It is awesome how much you can already know for the final if you actually read the assigned material.” “Talk to your loved ones about the time commitment law school is going to...

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A Simple Exercise to Improve Your Focus

Mindfulness is a state of bringing your attention to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness often involves sitting still, focusing on your breath, and observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Incorporating mindfulness practice into your life doesn’t need to be difficult or take much time – even a short five minutes of mindfulness a day can have benefits. Of particular interest to law students is that practicing mindfulness can not only reduce your stress level but also enhance your cognitive learning. Numerous mindfulness studies have shown an association between mindfulness and improved academic performance. As we approach the midway...

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Why You Should Act Like a Professional Starting Now

Every now and then it’s helpful to take a step back and remember what law school is all about. Law school is about preparing you to enter the legal profession. Entering the legal profession assumes that you’ll be a professional. A professional is someone who is diligent and reliable. A professional treats others with respect. A professional manages their time appropriately and is constantly trying to improve their skills. These aren’t just the qualities of a successful member of the legal profession, they are also the qualities of a successful law student. Incorporating professionalism into your actions during law...

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