« on: July 06, 2007, 12:17:50 PM »
My advice - don't try to be at the top of the class. I was honestly more concerned about getting put on probation all year, and otherwise was trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself about grades. However, I ended up being top 5%. I didn't plan for it or expect it at all, so my methodology could probably only be classified as "accidental."
Right on. I was kind of in a similar boat, just trying to stay top 80% to keep my scholarship. After first semester exams, which I felt good but not great about, I'd told myself that I'd be happy with top half--I was top 20% after first semester. After second semester exams, which I felt great about, I was hoping I'd improve slightly upon my first semester grades, and I ended up with such a kick-ass 2nd semester that I'm now top 5% overall. I just tried to focus on learning the material, not worrying about what grades would result from my efforts. Worrying/stressing is so counterproductive.
i have to agree with this i'm a 0L but i've always tackled school like that and plan to continue in law school. don't worry about being at the top of the class. just make sure you know the material and do the best that you can. 9 times out of 10 you will look up at the end and be in the lead pack. don't let yourself get lazy and don't concern yourself with what everybody else is doing. i've always found that people who are constantly talking about how well they're doing are lying. i know very few people who get stellar grades that go around telling everyone about it. i usally just say i did alright. at the end of the semester all the "gotta be tops in the class" people will ask you what's your trick. when you say i just did the best i could and didn't worry about anybody else, they always have this confused look on their face.