How to prepare for your law exam
Look after yourself
It’s countdown to the exams: are there enough hours in the day? That skipped meal, the odd sleepless night spent pouring over notes are worth it, surely? Just pack in the revision and think of little else….
Cutting corners with caring for oneself is not a sensible approach. That lies in taking the balanced way and getting enough rest and nutrition. Burning out far from guarantees success: quality sleep, food and some time spent with friends keep the mind sharp and motivated – alongside hard, methodical study, of course.
Certainly, it’s harder to be at your best in an exam if you did not get enough sleep the night before.
Schedule when you’ll do the following:
HOWEVER, DO NOT SPEND AGES TIMETABLING. If you do, you might be guilty of procrastination.
Set time goals (e.g. “In two weeks I will have completely revised Land Law) and functional goals (e.g. “I will practise drafting legal documents for a particular audience”).
Fit your revision style to the topic
Tailor your methods for each subject. Are you going to use mind maps for Law of Tort and Q&A for Criminal Law? Will you condense your notes for a topic down to one sheet of A4? Nail the essentials, e.g. “forming a contract”; and make a list of the areas with which you feel you are least familiar.
Sometimes it can help revising a topic by using a mix of techniques.
Track what you do
Some students find it useful – and motivating – to keep a very brief journal of what they’ve learned, revised and reflected upon. The form of the journal can be very simple; some daily bullet points for example.
Create your own lectures
It’s not unknown for some students to revise by speaking their notes aloud and turning them into an audio recording they can listen to while out walking or taking a bus journey. The act of producing recordings helps learning as does the listening, of course.
Revise with a fellow student
Partnering with another student can be a great way to revise – to check each other’s knowledge, and to debate! Learn by arguing the facts.
Give yourself rewards
Reward yourself when you meet your revision milestones. Try to make sure they’re special or unusual treats.
Discuss things with your tutors.
Our academic staff are happy to assist you. We take pride in the way we support our students. Your tutors can be contacted by email – so if you have any questions about your learning and your exams please don’t hesitate to contact them.
And finally, practise makes perfect. Please take advantage of all the practise material Law Training Centre supplies.
Good luck during exam season, you can all do this!