Thursday, March 3, 2022
As author Kathryn Rubino poses: "What if I told you there was one thing you could do in your 1L year that would improve your grades in all your classes?" Rubino, K., One Thing Can Improve All Your Law School Grades, Above the Law (May 2, 2016). Frankly, that sounds too good to be true.
"Well," as Rubino writes: "it isn't science fiction. There is...research from Dan Schwarcz and Dion Farganis at University of Minnesota Law School suggesting that law students who get individualized feedback from their professor in one subject are more likely to do better in ALL their classes (emphasis in original)." Id. Still have doubts about the power of individualized feedback to really change lives? Well here's a link to the research so that you can make up your own mind: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2772393
In my own case, I sometimes forget the power that one can have in the individual moments. As an academic support professional, sometimes I fear that I am looking in all of the wrong places, aiming for some momentous program that will change lives for the better. But sometimes the key to change is right in front of us, if we only look. Just one 1L faculty member, providing individualized feedback to just their students in that one class, can have life-changing impact for that professor's students - across the board. That's something to cheer about, and to get on board with too. (Scott Johns).