Student Perspective Reflections on Study & The Course. 9 May 2014
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9 May 2014
Please note: THIS MATERIAL has not been PREPARED BY the Lecturer, LPAB, or the LEC. THIS material HAS BEEN PREPARED BY An LPAB STUDENT, BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE COURSE. THE MATERIAL is provided as a guide only. It is up to you to choose A study METHOD you are comfortable with.
Please do not video or take pictures of this presentation.
Past exam statistics
Why people fail or drop out
Assignment preparation structure
Preparing for exams
Student and lecturer questionnaires
What you get out of the course
Question and answers
I have completed 18 of the 20 subjects
I have three children (youngest is 2 years old)
My partner having completed law in Germany (a civil law system), completed this course in 2008. She now works as a Criminal Lawyer.
- How to avoid dropping out of the course, recording a did not sit (DNS) or failing
- How to do well in the course
Throughout the course allow approximately 9 hours of study for each lecture broken up as follows:
Allow 3-4 hours for the readings (some take more) for each lecture
Allow 1 Hour to review and tidy up your lecture notes after the lecture
Allow 2 hours to summarize the readings, legislation and case extracts
Allow 2 hours to prepare the final cut of your exam summary to 1 - 1.5 pages for each topic
Assignment and exam prep are separate to the above
Benefit of attending lectures
Throughout the Semester
Throughout the Semester
Step 2 - Attend the lectures take notes (see the recording feature in your word program)
Step 3 – Review, and tidy up your lecture notes within 48 hours of the lecture – This helps you to really get and remember the content.
Step 4 – Summarize the readings (prescribed text, legislation, case extract) in accordance with the subject guide headings. Settle the first cut of your notes for that lecture.
Step 5 – Summarize the notes for that lecture to 1-2 pages maximum.
Step 6 – Re read your notes before the next lecture and in the weeks before the exam.
For each subject you are assessed out of 100 marks. 20% based on your assignment and 80% your final exam.
So the assignment is a great opportunity to put some marks in the bank. Aim for a 15 out of 20 (or better). This gives you a buffer in the exam
Commence working on your assignment three weekends before it is due
Allow 2 weekends for the reading
Allow one full weekend to draft the assignment
Allow one night, to sleep on the draft, and amend before submitting
Step 1 – Read the question several times
Step 2 – Highlight the issues
Step 3 – Read the relevant lecture notes (the lecturer is telling you what they want to see in their notes)
Step 4 – Read the question again and highlight any more issues you see
Step 4 – Read the text and relevant cases, and for extra marks try do some research (does not apply to first LI Assignment)
Step 5 – Prepare a bullet point draft outline of the issues and law. Share with your study group and discuss
Don’t spot the issues
Poor time management - running out of time
Use the reading time to allocate the time for each question, and stop that question when the time is up!
Remember the easiest marks are the first 80% (16 marks) of the allocated marks for that question, don’t go over time chasing the last 20% (4 marks)
Don’t structure their answers and use IRAC
Tip - Following exam, apply for an interview to meet with the lecturer to see what they are looking for and what you can do to improve
Example 2 – Conveyancing Subject Guide
Example 3 – Conveyancing Lecture summary
Step 1 - Carefully read each question
Step 2 - Choose the questions you want to answer
Step 3 - Read the question again – highlight the issues
Step 4 – Prepare an answer plan
Step 5 – Answer the question for each issue using IRAC method
4. Please see student questionnaires.
5 Lecturer’s questionnaires on why students fail
6 Lecturer questionnaires closed book exams
An ability to get straight to the issue of work related problems
An appreciation of your time, and time management
A new career in law/or appreciation of the law in your current role
Greater opportunities in your career, based on the respect the workforce has a law on your CV
Personal satisfaction. Studying law is immensely rewarding.
You can find a copy of this presentation, student and lecturer questionnaires, and other material on the LEC Website – under the “notes” section of Legal Institutions.
Thank you for your time
Enjoy your studies and good luck!