Sunday, January 29, 2006
At this time of the year—just after the appearance of fall grades—Academic Supporters at law schools across the country meet with scores of disappointed students.
Some are disappointed because they may be leaving law school—voluntarily or not—others because they simply did not earn grades reflective of their hard work, intelligence and aptitude.
In some ways, this is a difficult time for Academic Supporters. In two other ways, though, this time of year is tremendous. Here's why:
1. Now, many students realize their need for expert coaching. Students ask for help eagerly. That's a plus. Eager students are the best kind of students to work with, aren't they?
2. Along with the stories of disappointment, we hear the stories of success. Although the wunnelle stories are uplifting, they are to be expected . . . that is, with no law school track record, students who do very well are often surprised and elated when they receive their first "A" grades.
But for me, the best stories of success are those coming from second and third-year students who have been challenged, who have struggled, and who have leapt over barriers, overcome their bugaboos, and tasted the nectar of the high grade for the first time.
Having received permission to post an edited version of one such story, I offer it to encourage those who are new to the Academic Support ranks. Academic Support works.
Keep up the good work, friends!
P.S. If you have a particularly heartwarming success story, have obtained written permission to post it, and can edit all identifiers, email it to me for possible posting on the blog. (djt)