How to Study for Multiple Choice Examinations
The advice suggested (above) by Prosser, Duma and Rapunzel (use CALI, practice, practice, practice) is excellent. But wait, there’s so much more you can do!
Take a look at the information I’ve assembled for our students at this link: http://www.dennistonsing.com/FAQS_LINKS.html#Multiple
. You will you find several superb study aids described there, as well as the detailed study & strategy analysis by University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School’s Professor Rogelio A. Lasso (it’s linked to the website). That article is very helpful.
Rapunzel writes (above) that she “…know
the material very well
,” yet has difficulty scoring well on multiple choice questions. Here’s why: knowing the material is essential, but students also need to, as Professor Lasso explains, “…understand the unique way in which these multiple-choice questions are asked.” Once that understanding is achieved, students need to practice answering using specific strategic methods.
Rapunzel also adds: “I want to be a bit cranky about it and insist that in the real world there will never be multiple choice. But in the real world there won't be frantic issue spotting in three hour bursts either, so I'll quit my grumbling.
” Of course she is right … but the “real world” of lawyers includes that little speed bump known as the bar examination. Guess what: 200 multiple choice questions stand between you and your career. If you are able to master multiple choice exam answering during law school, you will substantially lessen your bar exam anxiety, and enhance your likelihood of passing the bar exam the first time around.
By the way, Professor Lasso’s fine article is based on Michael Josephson’s work, “Evaluation and Grading in Law School” (1984) with additional material by University of Dayton School of Law Professor Vernellia Randall. Professor Josephson used to operate Josephson’s Bar Review Course in the 1970s (I took his course to help me pass the California Bar in 1974), and Professor Randall is often referred to as the “Godmother of Academic Support” – that is, you couldn’t ask for better advice.
If you find more helpful information about multi-choice studying, send me an email and I’ll add it to my site. Thanks!