I study at a technical university and I'm currently about to begin making my master thesis.
My advice would be:
1: Mimic the type of exam in your exam preparations. Oral exam: Speak loud to yourself. Written exam: Solve/make exercises.
2: if it's a hard exam: Form a small study group of 2-4 persons. Talking about the curriculum with other students helps a lot.
3: Make a study plan. Divide the curriculum into various parts/chapters/themes and study one topic at a time. It helps getting an overview of what you remember already and what you don't remember. Write keywords about the central aspects of each theme or topic and make sure you know it by heart.
Last edited by Mikael123; 2013-01-29 at 01:07 AM.
I personally read damn near 4x faster than i can speak or write or type so i usually don't bother with notes or studying, I just do the assigned homework read the topics that are relevant to be on the next test and enjoy my self outside of the classroom. I'm very much not an academic person, but still do what it takes to pass my classes with a 3.5ish overall since highschool
Legalese is tough for anyone including lawyers.
Get some study aids, aka amphetamines. Odds are most of your competition, aka classmates, are using them.
I always studied best high with a few beers. People will knock it, but I aced everything besides physics.
Only thing I can tell you is that if study a subject (and do problems as an engineer but that wouldn't apply as much to law school I wouldn't think) and then immediately go to sleep for a night, I can remember what I studied before I went to sleep very clearly (far more clearly than the night before when I just had studied/been studying it) for as long as I am involved with the material.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
I found that group studying was a big help for me. It's easy to get lost on yourself when studying alone; with people around I feel its more effective.
Try finding a study partner, I find it much easier to remember stuff when I can talk about it with someone else. They can also correct you if you have something wrong, and help you find important info in textbooks and such.
It's not about memory.
It's about having an interest in what you're doing. If you're interested, you'll remember everything. Stressing yourself is not the way to go.
For classes with workable problems I found study groups very helpful. For classes that required reading, I got high and listened to classical music while I read -- with a highlighter to go over anything I wanted to emphasize. Also helps if what you are studying does not suck.
Different strokes. I did miserable in school before I found my study routine. I finished grad school with a 3.9.