Sunday, November 12, 2006


Evaluating Your Progress

Throughout the school year I am often asked this by friends and family: "How is school going?" My answer should be "I have no idea," but I usually throw out a "Fine" or "It's ok."

To be totally honest, there is no way to evaluate your progress during the semester in law school. Each class comes down to one final exam, which determines your entire grade in the class.

While there may not be a way to truly evaluate your progress during the semester, there are a few things you can do to estimate where you're at.

(1) How complete is your outline? If your outline is completely up to date, then you are most likely ahead of the game, leaving yourself more actual study time, rather than preparation for studying.

(2) Attend office hours regularly to test your knowledge of the current material with the professor. Some professors will be more helpful than others by offering practice exams or practice questions that they are willing to discuss.

(3) Study. Study. Study some more. Repeat. If you are up to date with your outline and are constantly reviewing it along with your notes, then you most likely have a good grasp on the material. At this stage, I would recommend buying a commercial outline and completing all of the practice questions and essays - the more the better.

As you can see, it's not impossible to estimate your progress in the course. If you keep up to date with your outlines and study a lot, you'll be fine. If you find yourself a few days before exams begin with not a single outline started, then my guess would be you're in trouble.

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