Some tips on studying for and taking 1L exams

Your first final exams are coming up, 1Ls! It’s time to mind your minutes, study the past, start formulating answers, and pay attention to your professors – and get that first good grade. Make a schedule and stick to it. Studying for exams can feel overwhelming for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be difficult to figure out how to study for three or more exams at once. First-time exam takers often make the mistake of spending too much time studying for the first exam and failing to leave enough time to study for later ones. Making a schedule and sticking to it will help ensure that you devote enough time to all subjects. Start by calendaring the dates of each exam. Let’s assume you have your Contracts exam on December 3, Torts exam on December 6, and Civil Procedure exam on December 10 and you’d like to study for 40 hours for each starting on Monday, November 19. Work backwards since you’ll have the period after each exam to…

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