12.16.2005

Things I Have Learned This Semester

In no particular order:
  • Finals still suck.
  • I need to brief each and every case as I read it. Create a separate file and brief the dang case. Makes studying for finals go waaaay faster.
  • There is no such thing as a good multiple choice exam in law school. Virtually everything we learn is: Rule, exception, exception to the exception and so on and so forth. There's just no way to write a decent multiple choice exam.
  • Having good professors makes SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. I'm as stressed as I was last spring, yet I'm not on the verge of taking out any of my professors. This is progress, people.
  • It will all get done. It doesn't ever seem like it will, but it does.
  • I know more than I think I do. It's usually just a matter of going over the informaton again at the end of the semester. That and getting totally stressed out and cranky with everyone I love. Ya'll know how it is!
  • Knitting is a good non-verbal activity to help switch gears before I go to sleep. Helps prevent psycho "I can't figure out how to footnote what I'm wearing tomorrow because there isn't any state action in my Mom's car" type dreams. Which, incidentally, should be avoided at all costs.
  • I should take handwritten notes during class. It helps me focus on what's really important instead of transcribing the class. Also means lower quantity of higher quality prep for finals. AND, means I won't be surfing the web during class. Which, um, was a problem this semester.

3 comments:

Lucinda said...

obsession is fun

Book of Wu said...

You are almost done Jenny!! Go grrl GO!!

jen said...

Yeah, the problem with finals is having enough time to go through all the crap you created throughout the year and transform it into an intelligible outline. Sucks! I grow to hate myslef for taking too many notes. My new strategy will be to not do any book notes, and just read, highlight, then insert anything the professor didn't go over into my notes. Should cut down on the mass, I hope!

I love that I'm not the only person who decides at the end of each semester to take on an entirely new strategy.