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:

  1. Get caught up on your outlines! If you’ve fallen behind on your outlining, or – gasp – haven’t started yet, now is the time to get caught up. You should aim to have a completed outline finished by the last day of class. That way, you’ll be able to use the reading period to review and practice with the outline, rather than be scrambling to make it. Block out some time over the next four weeks to work on outlining so that you’re study aids will be ready to go by the end of class.
  2. Get clarification on anything that you don’t understand. Do a quick review of all of the topics you’ve covered this semester. If there’s anything that doesn’t make sense, now is the time to visit office hours so that you can get clarification on confusing subjects. If you wait until the last minute to sort out the topics you don’t understand, it will likely be too late!
  3. Get your personal life organized! Your preparation and exam performance will be better if you aren’t distracted by outside problems. You should use the beginning of November to take care of any outside distractions, so that you are able to devote a significant amount of time and energy to law school during the exam weeks. Prepare your family for the time you’ll be away, complete any unresolved errands, check your laptop, and plan ahead to ensure that you can focus when it counts.
  4. Get your schedule set. It’s not too early to start planning when, where, and how you’ll study. Make sure you know when each of your final exams will be administered and work backwards from there. Be detailed when creating your schedule and for the Fall semester, don’t forget to factor in any Thanksgiving plans.
  5. Get mentally prepared. Last but not least, start getting yourself mentally prepared for final exams. Surviving finals takes endurance, focus and self-discipline, and you’ll need to be in the right frame of mind to take on this challenge.