Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First-grade students' proverbs

The following list of proverbs was sent to me by our main campus Institute for the Development and Enrichment for Advanced Learners (IDEAL).  I have worked with IDEAL on several occasions to provide opportunities for our pipeline students at a local high school.  The list made me chuckle, and I wanted to pass on some of the proverbs for your weekend amusement.

The proverbs were written by a group of first graders.  Their teacher gave the children the first half of the proverb and asked them to complete the rest creatively.  Here are some of the versions they came up with for their list:

  • Better be safe than..........punch a fifth grader.
  • Never underestimate the power of..........termites.
  • No news is..........impossible.
  • A miss is as good as a...........Mr.
  • An idle mind is..........the best way to relax.
  • Happy the bride that..........gets all the presents.
  • Where there's smoke, there's..........pollution.
  • A penny saved is..........not much.
  • Two's company, three's.........the Musketeers.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry have to blow your nose.
  • Children should be seen and not..........spanked or grounded.

Have a wonderful weekend.  (Amy Jarmon)

December 12, 2009 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Welcome to the New ASP Director at U of Cincinnati School of Law


On behalf of the Law School Academic Support Blog, I would like to welcome Joel Chanvisanuruk to our community.  Please be on the lookout for Joel at upcoming conferences and workshops so that you can welcome him personally to ASP.  Joel provided the short bio below so that you can get to know him better.  (Amy Jarmon)


Joel Chanvisanuruk the new Director of Academic Success Programs at the Universiry of Cincinnati College of Law.  In this role, he presents workshops and works individually with law students to help them adapt to law school curriculum, prepare for exams and improve their academic performance in order to achieve their full academic potential as a law student.  Joel also oversees the Pre-Prep Program (3P) that helps 3L law students gear up for the bar examination. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Joel was the Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at Washington & Lee University School of Law.   Before entering the field of law student services, Joel served as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) litigating employment matters for the United States Forest Service and the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.  Joel obtained a Master of Public Affairs in Public Management and Comparative International Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.A. in Philosophy from Bradford College.  Prior to law school, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Sosnowiec, Poland.

Joel is a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  Joel also currently serves as Chair of the National Association or Law Placement’s (NALP) GLBT Section.

December 11, 2009 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A Tribute to Movies

You may be wondering why a posting under the category "Exams - Studying" would be about movies.  No, I am not going to suggest that students watch Paper Chase or Presumed Innocent.  Instead, I am strongly encouraging them all to purchase a ticket to the local cinema.

During law school, I saw more movies than any other time in my life.   Why did I watch so many movies?  Here are my reasons:

  • It is impossible to sit in a movie theater and worry about law school.  The plot catches up every thought and catapults the viewer into another world and other lives.
  • Unlike a DVD or Movie on Demand at home, there is no pile of books on a desk in one's line of vision to beckon one back to studying.  The guilt factor disappears because one is out of the study milieu.
  • Movies reminded me that law school was not the "real world" for most people.  Movies allowed me to retreat from the fish bowl of law school and be an ordinary citizen again.
  • Although my favorites were comedies (because they made me laugh) and children's films (because they depended on imagination and not critical thinking), other genres can equally allow healthy escapism.  I would not recommend a law-related plot, however, because it defeats the purpose of going to the movies.
  • Most movies allow for approximately 2 hours of total diversion when one relaxes completely instead of stressing about memos, papers, or exams.  Enough time to relax, but not so much time as to waste an entire day.

So, here is to the matinee ticket - cheap and cheerful!  Give your brain cells a break.  Relax completely, and then go back to the books refreshed.  (Amy Jarmon)

December 11, 2009 in Exams - Studying | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)