Author: Academic Achievement Department

The Downsides of Commercial Outlines

Most students start to get a little nervous at this time in the semester because they look at their calendar and realize that classes are almost overs. That means that there’s only a few short weeks left to outline your class notes and prepare your study aids before finals. If you haven’ been as diligent about outlining throughout the semester as you had originally planned, you might be tempted at this late date to simply abandon the process and buy a commercial outline or borrow an outline from another student. While we understand the temptation, we also know that...

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Registration Recommendations

It’s registration time! Registering for classes next semester is always a fun process – it gives you a chance to explore all of the interesting course offerings we have at OCU and to think about where you want to focus your studies. As you plan your course schedules for the upcoming semester, keep the following suggestions in mind: Take as many Group A courses as you can. Group A courses are subjects that are tested on the Multistate bar exam, the essay portion of the Oklahoma bar exam, or both. Your bar prep will be less onerous if you...

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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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