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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What should I do during reading week?

This is a question frequently asked of us in ASP. "Reading Week" is a misnomer; we should call it "fine-tuning your exam approaches and taking practice exams" week. Here is a list of things students should and shouldn't be doing during reading week:

1) Students SHOULD have their course outlines/summaries completed before reading week. Reading week is the worst time to complete a course outline, because it's too late to internalize the material and use it to study.

2) Students SHOULD use reading week to create exam approaches. Exam approaches fine-tune the course outline, and reshape the contents to help students anticipate exam questions. An exam approach for negligence would look like this (but with a lot more detail!)

    1) Was there a duty? Definition.

            Cases that examine duty: X, Y, Z

            Exceptions to duty:

     2) Did the D breach the duty?

            Cases that examine duty: A, B. C

            Things to look for if breach is at issue: res ipsa, per se...

3) Students SHOULD be rest during reading week; reading week should NOT be cram week! Students should be rested and ready for exams. It does not help them if they use reading week to cram in any reading they haven't finished, or write papers that should have been finished earlier in the semester.

4) Students should be taking practice exams in all their classes during reading week. I give the advice that was given to me: the first practice exam should before the class the student feels least confident. Tackle what is hardest first. Students should NOT do practice exams together; they SHOULD take practice exams independently, and then get together to compare answers.


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