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Title: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Rockapotomus on December 14, 2007, 12:39:41 PM
3 exams done, 1 to go. Some of my friends in my law class are going CRAZY. The stress is so high, and they're freaking out during study sessions, often yelling at me and each other over case holdings and applications to practice exams. I want to just study on my own, but know that the group provides a needed perspective. I'm not quite sure how to handle dealing with people who bring so much negative energy that it may be detrimental to the study process? These people were cool throughout the year, but now they're turning into freak shows.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: thorc954 on December 14, 2007, 01:06:13 PM
get a different study group.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: redjay on December 14, 2007, 01:39:33 PM
Yeah, either get a different study group, or just don't use a study group at all. I stopped going to meeting after my first exam and I feel that I have become a lot less stressed and a lot more productive. There's one kid i've been friendly with all year, and now when he comes anywhere near me i start to stress out. Try to surround yourself with people who don't outwardly or obviously project that kind of vibe - its really contagious - especially right now at semester's end. However if you feel the need to meet with people - try calling up one of your friends and doing it one on one - I find this to be easier, more respectful, and a lot less stressful - even though you are sacrificing a couple other opinions...

However, as a disclaimer: I am just a silly 1L and this plan may not ACTUALLY be working for me. But i am having a much easier time getting through exams now that i have seperated myself from stressful people.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Jumboshrimps on December 14, 2007, 01:42:21 PM
Are you NUTS? Avoid other law students like the plague.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: jacy85 on December 14, 2007, 01:56:17 PM
Ditto what jumbo said.  Stay away from other law students.  Study at home or a coffee shop, ANYWHERE but the library.  The panic is infectious, and spreads like the plague.  Do what you have to do - while you may need some outside perspective, I can guarantee you're not getting it from a bunch of panicked freak shows.  If you're friends with someone who seems relatively relaxed, maybe shoot him or her some questions via email or IM if you need some "perspective" on stuff.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: USC313 on December 14, 2007, 01:57:07 PM
F study groups. That's my motto. Seriously, if I don't understand something I don't know how a bunch of people struggling with the same material are going to help me out. I find studying alone and then referring to the professor--either in person or through e-mail--to be a much easier and productive solution. Study groups are like Wikipedia--you never really know if what your given is the true authority. Avoid them at all costs.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: thorc954 on December 14, 2007, 02:41:15 PM
I need a study group during practice exam time, even if only for a few hours.  However, I keep it small (one or two other people tops) and frequently make up reasons why I have to leave when I feel like it is getting unproductive.  Anyway, you can think you know it all till you get with a group, then you realize how much you missed.  Anyway, get a better group.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: AndiiMarie on December 14, 2007, 03:05:10 PM
I ditched my study group about 2 weeks before exams started and it was probably the best decision I've made in a long time.  I have been so much more relaxed and I've been able to study at my own pace without worrying about everyone else's schedules.  I think groups can be good for some things, but for me studying alone has been the way to go.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Budlaw on December 14, 2007, 03:29:17 PM
3 exams done, 1 to go. Some of my friends in my law class are going CRAZY. The stress is so high, and they're freaking out during study sessions, often yelling at me and each other over case holdings and applications to practice exams. I want to just study on my own, but know that the group provides a needed perspective. I'm not quite sure how to handle dealing with people who bring so much negative energy that it may be detrimental to the study process? These people were cool throughout the year, but now they're turning into freak shows.

This is a total flame post.

Is this that loser "Wallace Stevens" from the kiddie board? This sounds like some useless discussion that he would come up with.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Rockapotomus on December 14, 2007, 10:12:04 PM

This is a total flame post.

Is this that loser "Wallace Stevens" from the kiddie board? This sounds like some useless discussion that he would come up with.

Nope, this is just me, going through a real situation. I made this post to be useful for me, if it's not useful for you then I'm glad you wasted your time responding.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Budlaw on December 15, 2007, 12:42:41 PM

This is a total flame post.

Is this that loser "Wallace Stevens" from the kiddie board? This sounds like some useless discussion that he would come up with.

Nope, this is just me, going through a real situation. I made this post to be useful for me, if it's not useful for you then I'm glad you wasted your time responding.

Really? Then how come you just made up a screen-name?
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Rockapotomus on December 17, 2007, 01:34:46 PM
Because I haven't posted here before.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Budlaw on December 17, 2007, 03:21:10 PM
Because I haven't posted here before.

You mean you haven't posted here before under the screen name "rockapotomus."

Your post is a complete flame. Seriously, what people in a study group "yell at each other over case holdings?"

Are you and your fake study group extras from the movie "The Paper Chase?"

High stress levels? Are you kidding me. Yeah, exams are stressful, but not like you're making them to be. You're probably that same idiot who claimed he had a anxiety attack during his exam.

Anyway...you've gotten your "advice. Now go tell your lies somewhere else. I hear that the kiddie board is pretty gullible.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: jacy85 on December 17, 2007, 06:16:28 PM
Because I haven't posted here before.

You mean you haven't posted here before under the screen name "rockapotomus."

Your post is a complete flame. Seriously, what people in a study group "yell at each other over case holdings?"

Are you and your fake study group extras from the movie "The Paper Chase?"

High stress levels? Are you kidding me. Yeah, exams are stressful, but not like you're making them to be. You're probably that same idiot who claimed he had a anxiety attack during his exam.

Anyway...you've gotten your "advice. Now go tell your lies somewhere else. I hear that the kiddie board is pretty gullible.

Uh...WTF?  Stop being an ass - I've seen people who are so high strung that if you don't agree with their view of a case holding, they're likely to snap. And if you have a study group full of these people, you get a lot of loud "discussion" that's largely a waste of time.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: juliemccoy on December 17, 2007, 08:58:01 PM
I did the study group thing up until it became unproductive. Avoid your classmates right now. The group is not going to be productive when the stress level is this high.
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: thorc954 on December 17, 2007, 09:51:55 PM
I did the study group thing up until it became unproductive. Avoid your classmates right now. The group is not going to be productive when the stress level is this high.

its still productive if you cut it in size. 
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: juliemccoy on December 17, 2007, 10:00:45 PM
Depends on the people who are in it  ;)
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Budlaw on December 18, 2007, 08:39:01 AM
Because I haven't posted here before.

You mean you haven't posted here before under the screen name "rockapotomus."

Your post is a complete flame. Seriously, what people in a study group "yell at each other over case holdings?"

Are you and your fake study group extras from the movie "The Paper Chase?"

High stress levels? Are you kidding me. Yeah, exams are stressful, but not like you're making them to be. You're probably that same idiot who claimed he had a anxiety attack during his exam.

Anyway...you've gotten your "advice. Now go tell your lies somewhere else. I hear that the kiddie board is pretty gullible.

Uh...WTF?  Stop being an ass - I've seen people who are so high strung that if you don't agree with their view of a case holding, they're likely to snap. And if you have a study group full of these people, you get a lot of loud "discussion" that's largely a waste of time.

Next time I see you being a female dog to someone, (which happens quite a bit) I'll be sure to tell you to stop.

Anyway... I'm sick of people coming up with idiotic posts who are "looking for advice" when in actuality they're just making crap up. I really hope that this person is flaming, because if he's not, then he's obviosly got no common sense. (just like people who "snap" in a study group)
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Bob Loblaw Esq. on December 18, 2007, 10:07:46 AM
then you are on the wrong board, my friend.

Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Budlaw on December 18, 2007, 12:04:57 PM
then you are on the wrong board, my friend.



Touche'
Title: Re: What to do when friends go crazy with exams?
Post by: Rockapotomus on December 18, 2007, 11:49:00 PM
Because I haven't posted here before.

You mean you haven't posted here before under the screen name "rockapotomus."

Your post is a complete flame. Seriously, what people in a study group "yell at each other over case holdings?"

Are you and your fake study group extras from the movie "The Paper Chase?"

High stress levels? Are you kidding me. Yeah, exams are stressful, but not like you're making them to be. You're probably that same idiot who claimed he had a anxiety attack during his exam.

Anyway...you've gotten your "advice. Now go tell your lies somewhere else. I hear that the kiddie board is pretty gullible.

No, I have not posted with the user-name "rockapotomus". Why would anyone create a new account to "flame", yet make the account have the same name, when this post isn't even directed at anyone? Good thing you decided to be a lawyer and not a detective, brainiac.