Author: Jennifer Warren

Stay Calm!

It’s essentially the last week of classes, which means there isn’t much time to go until your sitting down for your first final exam of the semester. Whether your a 1L getting ready to take your very first law school exam or a seasoned 3L who can almost feel that law diploma in your hand, final exams can cause stress and anxiety. While preparation for finals does require focus and a lot of hard work, it’s important to make time for self-care as well. Preparing for finals should not involve pulling all-nighters, abusing caffeine (or worse), or anxiety attacks. Yes, you’ll have to put in some long hours. Yes, you’ll have moments of stress, doubt, or even fear. And yes, you may have to temporarily neglect some other responsibilities in order to prepare for finals. But your study periods will be more productive, your brain will be more efficient, and your performance on exams will be stronger if you take care of yourself. During the next few weeks, make sure you’re doing the following: Get a good night’s sleep each night. Proper sleep is vital to memory and concentration. Eat nutritious, healthy food that will fuel your brain and body. Make time to exercise or decompress with a hobby you enjoy. Everyone needs to take breaks periodically so that they can recharge and refocus. Meditate, practice mindfulness, or do anything...

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Looking Ahead to Finals…

It’s the start of November, which means that the start of final exams is only a month away! Fortunately, you can get a lot accomplished in the four weeks remaining. Procrastination will lead to less than desirable results on final exams, so use the next few weeks to tie up loose ends, catch up on studying, and get prepared for what’s to come. Some of the tasks you may want to take care of before finals begin include: Get caught up on your outlines! If you’ve fallen behind on your outlining, or – gasp – haven’t started yet, now...

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The Must-Have Finals Study Aid

Take a look at your calendar and you’ll realize that the end of the semester is only a few short weeks away. We want you to be as prepared as possible for finals, so please don’t hesitate to stop by our office or make an appointment to discuss some individual strategies that you can use over the coming weeks. One finals prep strategy that we recommend for all students is to make an attack plan. An attack plan is a document that gives a concise overview of the major topics covered in a course and, most importantly, that lists...

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