Thursday, April 21, 2011
The School of Law seeks two full-time Academic Success Counselors to conduct one-on-one student counseling and tutoring, give presentations and/or workshops to groups of students, prepare and administer practice exams, maintain student records, participate in research and new initiatives, assist in the teaching and administration of Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis and bar preparation courses, and perform other academic success duties as required. Position is located at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida starting August, 2010. Starting salary is 45k annually.
Juris Doctor degree; member of any state bar; excellent law school academic performance; strong interpersonal skills; effective public speaking skills; professional interest in academic success theory and practice; experience counseling, teaching, and/or mentoring students in higher education; ability to work some evenings and weekends. Recent law school graduates with exceptional academic records and demonstrated interest in academic success will be considered.
Please submit resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of three references to Brett Brosseit, Director of Academic Success, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Helpful tips for students:
1) We learn better from re-working the material.
This piece of gold is hidden on the second page of the article. It's saying what we have said in ASP for ages; reading a canned outline, or memorizing the outline of a 2L who booked the course, will not increase learning. Re-working your own notes into an outline will help you learn the material.
2) Try one of the unusual font types for your outline.
"Think of it this way, you can’t skim material in a hard to read font, so putting text in a hard-to-read font will force you to read more carefully"
3) We overestimate our own ability.
One of the great lessons from law school exams: if you feel like you nailed it, you probably didn't. The material you are being asked to learn and apply on a law school exam is difficult and complicated. The majority of exams you will encounter as a law student have more complications and nuanced issues than you have time to answer. You should feel as if you didn't hit everything. If you feel like you knew everything on the exam, you probably oversimplified the issues.
4) We all take shortcuts. We all forget we take shortcuts.
Students should always take practice exams before finals. Actually taking the exam is important. Many students will read the fact pattern, "answer it in their head" or take a couple of notes, and then read the model answer. This is more harmful than helpful. Students will unconsciously overestimate what they understood if they have not taken the test and written a complete answer. This gives them a false sense of confidence. Students need to take a cold, hard look at what they understood and what they missed. the best strategy is to take the practice test under timed conditions with a study group, and correct answers as a group. This gives students a chance to discuss what they did not understand. It's easy to lie to ourselves, it's harder to lie to a group.
Summary of the article:
"Concentrating harder. Making outlines from scratch. Working through problem sets without glancing at the answers. And studying with classmates who test one another." These are the keys to learning more efficiently and effectively. (RCF)