With finals fast approaching, it’s time for you to come up with a plan for how you are going to attack each one of your finals. Taking it one day at a time might seem like a good idea, but a little planning can go a long way.
One of my favorite websites, Lawyerist.com offers some great advice.
How scary are closed-book exams? Nothing can be more nerve-racking! But there are a few tips that will help you make it through.
- Assess course expectations;
- organize, memorize and master the course material;
- practice, practice, practice;
- rest your brain; and
- take the exam with confidence.
Visit Lawyerist.com’s Closed Book Exam post for a detailed explanation of each tip.
Oh, the silent “woo-hoo” associated with the announcement that the final will be open-book! Of course, the word “woo-hoo” is the sound of false confidence. To avoid this trap, it is suggested that you study as if it were a closed-book exam.
- Prepare as you would for a closed-book exam, but
- adopt an open-book strategy and
- integrate it into your exam prep and then
- apply it during the exam.
Details are at Lawyerist.com’s post, Closed Book Law School Exam Preparation Tips.
For each “woo-hoo” associated with open-book finals, there’s the moan of a take-home. Take-home finals are tough. The key is going to be time management. Here are some tips that might help you out.
- Be strategic about exam prep;
- create take-home exam tools;
- plan the start;
- budget your time;
- plan the finish;
- eat, sleep and exercise;
- edit, edit, edit; and
- stick to your plan.
Yes, these seem pretty vague. But Lawyerist.com goes into great depth when it comes to succeeding on take-home finals.
My personal advice? Take time out for yourself, get your rest and eat well. Stress is going to be your biggest enemy.
W. Blake Wilson, Head of Instructional & Research Services, Wheat Law Library