It doesn’t matter if you’ve always been a very good test taker or not, when you’re in law school – especially somewhere like Drake University, you need to take preparation very seriously. Just like you had to seriously prepare for law school admissions, you have to spend every day of the semester preparing for your law school exams. This means that you need to be keeping your exams in mind, but it doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to have fun in life. It’s important that you keep everything in balance so that you can avoid burnout, but you definitely don’t want to procrastinate and start cramming at the end of the semester. Here is what you need to know about law school exams.
Your Final Grade Weighs Heavily on the Exam
Unlike just about every other class you’ve taken in life, your final exams in law school will play a heavy hand in determining your grade for the semester. In fact, your final grade will be determined almost exclusively by the way that you perform on your final exam, so you should essentially be studying for this exam throughout the entire semester. You could get your MBA from Stanford or USC’s MPH online, but no other post graduate program will put nearly this much weight on final exams.
You Need a Law School Outline
If you really want to succeed, you’re going to have to write yourself a clear outline that lays out your entire path through law school from the very beginning to the very end. Since a lot of your knowledge will be cumulative, you will need to reference course summaries from previous semesters when you prepare for future exams. The other reason why you need to make an outline is because it will be a great source to reference while you’re taking each exam.
Don’t Work Yourself into a Frenzy
A lot of people get so stressed out about their exams that they start burning out long before the exams even occur. It can be easy to start getting very stressed out about your exams as much as 5-6 weeks before they happen, but if you don’t give yourself time to relax and have fun throughout the semester, you will be wasting a lot of energy on stress, and too much stress will cloud your mind when it comes time to take your exam.
Cherish Your Practice Exams
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that is inherent with law school exams is by taking practice exams. Not only will this give you an idea of how prepared you are for the actual exam, but it’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with the whole experience. The more familiar the experience feels when you’re actually in the moment, the easier it will be to lower your affective filter.
It’s All in the Questions, Not the Answers
Lastly, when you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s always best if you can find the right follow up questions that will lead you to the answer. Don’t spend too much time trying to remember an answer that you worked hard to memorize. Try to think through it logically with smart questions.