Don’t join one—not if you want to get any studying done. Studying in groups is fun, but studying isn’t supposed to be fun and it isn’t supposed to be social. That studying in groups is so palatable should tell you something.
You know how you prefer the elliptical machine to the treadmill? Thats because it’s easier and doesn’t burn as many calories.
You know how you love having muffins for breakfast? That’s because muffins are cake, not a legitimate breakfast food.
The reason studying in groups is fun is that it’s not studying.
But what harm do study groups do? They eat up your time. Every hour you spend “studying” in a study group (i.e., gossiping about your classmates and criticizing your professors) is an hour you could have spent actually studying the law.
Has anybody reading this actually gotten any work done in a study group? Has anybody learned a single thing except for how useless study groups are? I suspect not.
I know, as usual, this is just a way to advertise your blog. However, unlike most people, I could care less whether you keep advertising or not.
as far as study groups, it depends. I was in one fall semester of 1L and did worse in every class except one and wasn't in one spring semester and did MUCH better in every class except that one. The one that went down was Contracts, but that had more to do with the professor needing surgery at the end of the semester and expecting us to know material that wasn't assigned, the final test being more difficult, etc.
That is not to say though, that talking with people doesn't help. I almost completely screwed up something on a take home. We are allowed to work in groups on it to brainstorm etc. if we want, as long as it is in our own writing etc. I asked some other students what they thought about the problem and we figured out we were all wrong and revised it accordingly.
I'm curious to know, how did the other people in your fall semester of 1L do?
And, yes, I agree that if you're allowed to talk with others on a take-home exam, you for sure should.
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