« on: February 09, 2008, 07:53:58 PM »
Here's the point. Since I have never been a discplined studier, I have always skated under the radar through skimming and late-night cramming. This being my first semester, I was a tad bit apprehensive after an orientation full of warnings and advice for the long hours of reading ahead, not even counting the time studying "necessary" supplements. I have tried to work on the study skills but I while I am competitive and reasonably intelligent, I am light years away from becoming a disciplined and organized student!
Needless to say, I have been shocked to discover that I have had no trouble comprehending and retaining the concepts presented in the assigned book or the classroom. I honestly find myself engaged by the material and come away from reading assignments elated to have understood all of it. I have only cracked one supplement, and that was to quickly clarify some facet of consideration. (E&Es are phenomenal)! WHen faced with hypotheticals in class, sample mini-tests in study group, and/or questions raised in dissecting the briefs, I get the question right 9 out of 10 times. I even find that I am able to present an answer to the "thought-provoking" end of chapter questions.
Soooo whats the problem?? I am not sure. I feel silly about this but lately I have begun to find myself second-guessing the extent of my knowledge and have become pretty anxious at the thought of midterms. Compared to what we were warned about or compared to what I hear from my Classmates, (many of whom are devouring the supplements), I just dont spend a lot of time studying. Its that simple. I have considered forcing myself to re-read the textbook as well as reading all of the supplements anyway. Just so no one has an advantage. May sound competitive, but the school has a very unforgiving grade curve. Also, since it is not considered one of the "top" or "elite" institutions, I feel I have no choice but to finish as close to the top as possible to remain competitive. Howeer, I find that I am loving where I am at in comprehension and I also truly love the material. I dont want to BurnOut or overextend myself, and most importantly, I dont want to give up the precious time with my 3 year old.
I have tried to find old exams at school but all of the previous tests are for second and third year students. One professor has given us a sample essay topic, so I am going to at least complete that so I may focus on becoming used to the particular structure she covets. If there is a weakness, that is it! This style of writing is new for me and I have a incessant need on essay exams to embellish. Thats just a matter of practice though.
I have never blanked on a exam but I am terrified that this may very well be the first time. I am finding myself psyching myself out on a regular basis. I have dreams in which I have conquered the material but find myself soon in the nightmare of blanking as a result of seeing the first 2 page fact pattern. I should add that I have been diagnosed with Adult ADD for years but only recently have resigned myself to take the medication. So before Law School any lengthy word problems and/or any essay needing strict organization have always proved hard and close to impossible to complete without having my mind drift and overlook a detail. I knew that the briefest and most minute detail in an otherwise lengthy question in a law school exam could prove vital. Hence the new medication.
So if ANYBODY has found themselves studying far less than expected but still gaining a firm grasp of the material... please share your experience. If you didnt do well as a result, let me know! Please also post to let me know if you did well and any tips you may have for me to gauge my knowledge effectively. I have heard that the PMBR books have a great range of Multiple Choice questions, and many professors have pulled questions from them. I tried a couple during a break and did fine on those. Any other well-known study guides that closely resemble an actual test? I apologize for the rambling, chalk it up to the lack of a social life, 12 cups of coffe and a growing level of anxiety.
THanks in advance to anyone who wants to contribute ANYTHING, be it experience, hearsay, criticism or advice. However you are so inclined to approach it, it is most welcome to me. I had been a member of this board before, when I first began considering schools. Ive found myself frequenting the board again all while shamelessly scavenging for tips and I am grateful it is here. Hope everyone takes at least one day out of two to HAVE SOME FUN! Even if your idea of fun is like mine:: Watching the same DVR recording of Backyardigans over and over all while being begged to read Green Eggs and Ham for the hundredth time................