Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How To Win a CALI Award (Or Just Get Top Grades)

At many schools, the student with the highest grade in a course receives a CALI Award (from the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). Here is a list of recent winners.

The University of Dayton Law Review has published an article by two of its CALI winners, Stephen E. Schilling and Rebecca M. Greendyke, explaining how they achieved their respective pinnacles of success. Their advice serves a summary of how serious students should approach their courses. Because the article is written by successful students, students who read the article may heed the advice. Here is the table of contents:

 I. INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................... 168

A. What Is a CALI Award? ................................................................... 168

B. Two Kinds of CALI Award Winners ................................................ 169

C. Three Keys to Winning CALI Awards .............................................. 170

II. KNOW THYSELF ................................................................................... 170

A. Know Your Learning Style ............................................................... 170

1. VARK’s Four Learning Preferences ............................................ 171

a. Visual ....................................................................................... 171

b. Aural ........................................................................................ 172

c. Read/Write ............................................................................... 173

d. Kinesthetic ............................................................................... 174

e. Multimodal ............................................................................... 174

2. A Learning Style Example ........................................................... 175

B. Be Your Own Professor ................................................................... 176

C. Academic Support ............................................................................ 177

D. Tutor or Mentor Other Students ...................................................... 178

E. Master Memorization ....................................................................... 178

F. Target Specific Classes .................................................................... 179

G. Time Management ........................................................................... 180

III. KNOW THY PROFESSOR ...................................................................... 181

A. Research Your Professors ............................................................... 181

B. Talk to Your Professors Outside of Class ........................................ 182

C. Professors and Their Exams ............................................................ 183

IV. KNOW THY CLASS .............................................................................. 183

A. Use Outside Sources ........................................................................ 183

B. Practice, Practice, Practice ............................................................. 186

1. Review & Outline ........................................................................ 186

a. Review ..................................................................................... 186

b. Outline ..................................................................................... 187

2. Take Practice Exams .................................................................... 188

3. Write Your Exam Answers Ahead of Time ................................. 189

a. What Rules Will Be Tested ...................................................... 190

b. Writing Open-Book Exam Answers Ahead of Time ............... 191

c. Writing Closed-Book Exam Answers Ahead of Time ............. 192

C. Exam Day ......................................................................................... 192

1. Look Over the Exam before Starting ........................................... 192

2. Make Your Essay Exam Answer Easy to Read ....................... 193

3. Organize the Content of Your Exam Answer .......................... 194

4. Use Case Analogies and Policy Statements in Exam

Answers ........................................................................................ 195

V. CONCLUSION ........................................................................................ 195

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