When we struggle to engage with a topic, we tend to fall back on excuses like, “I just wasn’t interested in it” or “I’m never going to need to know what a trust is anyway.” A more likely reason for not understanding something is simply that you’re not learning it the right way.
Understanding the different learning styles and figuring out which one best suits you will allow you to tailor the material to your needs and likely reduce the time and effort you spend studying.
So, which type of learner are you?
First year can be quite terrifying. You have to deal with not only being a new university student, but also a new law student – a whole different ball game. It can be easy just to keep to yourself, but there is a larger, legal world just waiting for you – even if you know zilch. Here are some options for getting involved in your first year that don’t involve reaching for a legal dictionary…
Before I actually had to do it I believed that choosing electives would be an exciting, or at least engaging process. But after years of banging my head against the proverbial brick wall that is the law elective selection process, the only thing I find more painful than choosing subjects each semester is the exam study I’m avoiding while I do it.
Inevitably, most of the subjects I want to do won’t be offered this semester, or clash with a core subject or are, for some other reason, denied to me. Over the years I’ve learnt some tricks for surmounting some of those insurmountable enrolment hurdles. Here are five tips for getting into your preferred electives…
Law students spend a great deal of time in discussion with one another. Be it the elements of a contract, judicial activism or even something as banal as where to get the best and cheapest coffee on campus. The one thing we don’t seem to talk about is failing. It’s like we are scared of some Macbeth style jinx if any of us dares utter the word.
More than once since becoming a law student I have considered hiring a law tutor. I usually find myself thinking about getting a tutor the week before an assignment is due or in the lead up to exams. But with the substantial cost of attending law school, what is the value of a tutor and why do people hire them?