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 semester strong.
To shake off your mid-semester slump, start by rekindling your motivation. Remind yourself why you decided to come to law school and how doing well in law school will help you achieve your bigger goals. Find some aspect of law school that you enjoy or can get excited about, and use that excitement to motivate yourself. Then, set some short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Your goals should be clear and concrete, and should include milestones that you want to reach along the way. Having specific goals and checkpoints to aim for over the next few weeks will help you stay motivated to complete your work.
To help get yourself back on a schedule, list out every task, project, and assignment you need to complete between now and finals. This should include everything from completing outlines to LRW writing assignments to taking practice exams. Once your list is complete, identify the date by which you need to complete each task and the date by which you will start working on each task. For example, your deadline for completing your outlines may be the last day of class and your day to start working on the outlines may be the end of this week. Be realistic about how long it will take you to complete each task and the frequency with which you need to work on each task. Scheduling all of your assignments will give you a realistic picture of the work that lies ahead and help you create a plan for the remainder of the semester.
Lastly, spend a few minutes taking stock of how the semester has gone in general. What has worked well for you and what hasn’t? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses and what can you do to compensate for some of the weaknesses? Consider whether you need to tweak your study strategies and don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it!