By Anjali Kalairajah
Knowing how to study effectively is an issue that many law students face. Studying Law at university is definitely a step-up from your A-levels. So, the question is how do you study Law?
Here are 5 tips and tricks that will help you to study in a more efficient and ‘clever’ manner:
1. Collate your notes
Gather all your notes - from lectures, tutorials, and textbooks - in one place. This prevents having to refer to each source separately and potentially miss out key information in the scramble to remember which page/slide said what.
2. Colour code
For those who are visual learners, this is a lifesaver! It ensures you pay attention to certain aspects of your notes and aids recall during exams. For example:
Green = Definitions
Pink = Statute
Red = Cases
Purple = Academic analysis
To make maximum use of this trick, be sure to use the colours that please you! Using your favourite colour for the parts that you find most difficult, helps draw more attention to them.
3. Plan ahead
With a hectic academic timetable, for me, a weekly plan is key. I like to plan the week ahead (for both my academic and personal timetable) on the preceding Sunday evening. Make sure that the timetable is practical and manageable, as otherwise, you can lose the motivation to stick to it, very quickly! Commit yourself to your timetable as if it were a supervised session, for example, by sticking to the timings and not looking at your phone.
I also like to colour code my timetable by module and personal vs academic. This makes it easy to remember the next task with just a glance.
4. Ask your lecturers
This seems like an easy enough solution, but often it can be daunting. If you do not understand certain topics, email, or arrange to meet your lecturers. Often, we feel our questions are not ‘good’ enough, but any question that will make you understand the topic is worth asking! (They also receive so many queries that they probably will not remember who asked that ‘silly’ question as soon as they answer it!)
5. Set aside time for Self-care
University is meant to be fun too! I think it’s something that we all forget all too easily. Make time to relax with friends and family or watch a movie. It makes the return to work easier and more effective. You could even add ‘self-care time’, into your planner to make sure that you don’t forget to relax. Relaxation time ensures that you don’t ‘burn out.’ When you resume studying, you will have a clearer head to work more effectively.
I hope these tips work for you and make your remaining time at Law School less stressful!