Author: Academic Achievement Department

Outlining for Exam Success

Whether you’re a 1L, 2L, or 3L, creating an effective course outline is something you should be focusing on throughout the semester. A good course outline will make studying for finals easier, improve your ability to memorize rules of law, and help you draft a well-organized essay answer. Outlining is a process that you should start early (as in, NOW!) and perform on a regular basis. You should review and update your outlines on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your schedule and learning preferences. To help you create an outline that will promote final exam success, keep...

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Beyond Reading, Briefing, and Class

This week, we want to expand on something that we mentioned in our last post: independent learning. While there are many resources at OCU to help you navigate law school and many people eager to support your efforts, the person ultimately responsible for your success is you. Law school will require you to be an independent learner, someone who self-monitors for comprehension and exercises the self-discipline to complete the outside work necessary to improve their knowledge and skills. Unlike what many students experience in undergrad, completing your reading and attending class is not enough to master the material or...

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The Little Things That Add Up to Academic Success

Sometimes the little things can really add up. Many new law students believe that all they’ll need to be successful is a great course outline and a few days to cram before the test. In fact, the most successful students are the ones who put forth consistent effort throughout the semester, often in seemingly small ways. So while a great course outline (made by you of course) is definitely a must-have for finals, there are many other important steps you need to take along the way in order to be prepared for exams. One of those important steps is...

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Live the Life You’ve Imagined

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you had a productive summer and are as excited as we are about the new academic year. Be sure to check this blog frequently throughout the semester for study tips and advice on succeeding in law school. The start of the academic year is always an interesting time, because it’s an opportunity for each of us to evaluate our progress over the prior months and set new goals for the upcoming term. For our first post of this academic year, we want to encourage you to imagine your ideal professional life. Think...

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It’s Finals Time!

Good Luck with Finals Exams! We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that final exams start this week, but we did want to wish you the best of luck. This is your opportunity to show off your knowledge and display all the hard work you’ve put in over the semester. The only thing left to do now is to stay focused, be confident, and try your best. Keep this quote from President Teddy Roosevelt in mind as you make this final push to the end of the semester: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Good luck over...

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