Thursday, June 22, 2006
As a longtime director of Academic Support, Herb Ramy begins receiving phone calls from our new 1Ls as early as May. Their common question? “What do I need to do to succeed in law school.” To help answer this question, Herb has written Succeeding in Law School – Becoming Your Own Best Teacher . His book contains some basic information that prospective law students can use to better prepare for those first rigorous days as a 1L. Just as importantly, he has written this book with the Academic Support Professional in mind.
Herb explains what inspired the book:
"When I first entered the ASP field, I had a general sense of the ideas I wanted to communicate to my students. I knew that I wanted to cover topics like course outlining, note taking, and time management, but teaching these topics in a way that spoke to a large segment of the law school population was no easy task. Through a process of trial and error, I learned how to communicate these and other important ideas to my students.
"I have written this book mindful of the rigorous learning environment law students face. The book fully addresses each important topic, but each chapter and the accompanying exercises can be completed in a modest amount of time. The book incorporates examples, a few cases, hypotheticals, and exercises so that students can practice their new skills and measure their progress."
In addition to students receiving the feedback they crave, the exercises allow ASP professionals to assess the students' progress throughout the semester. It promises to be an important new tool for those of us working in academic support and for our students as well. Check it out. (dbw)
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
As we begin looking toward the new semester, I want to take a moment to welcome Liz Stillman as my new co-editor. Liz took on the role of contributing editor this last school year as I was coming on as co-editor with Dennis Tonsing. Liz's posts have been a delight to read, and she is an exceptionally charming person with whom to work, so I am thrilled to have her join me in handling the primary responsibilities for the ASP blog.
I also want to thank Dennis Tonsing for his exemplary service as co-editor of the blog and for asking me to join him a year ago. Dennis is taking a well-deserved rest from the duties of co-editor, but he'll still be around as a contributing editor; so we'll all continue to enjoy his musings, advice, and insights.
So thanks, Dennis, and welcome, Liz. I'm looking forward to another year working with both of you. (dbw)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Having just returned from the Northeast Regional Academic Assistance Workshop in Bristol, Rhode Island, we blog editors are excited and reinvigorated as we look toward the new school year. The sessions at the workshop provided insights and advice that veterans and newcomers alike found inspiring and practical. We are grateful for the wonderful support of LSAC and the tireless efforts of the folks at Roger Williams University School of Law, especially Dennis Tonsing and Lorraine Lalli, as well as the contributions of all of the presenters. It was a wonderful couple of days. (dbw)