New Chapters; McFarlane, Mcbride and Ormerod
As Term 2 has finally come to it’s end, there’s only one last battle facing me this year; EXAMS.
For those of you who are extremely eager to find out all the nitty gritty about exam time, how it works, how to revise and other bits and bobs, please go have a read of some of the great revision articles on this platform. However, want I want to talk to you specifically about is reading.
Coming from someone who is currently regretting their lazy actions from the year just past, let me extend to you my advice on reading that I wish I had at the beginning of the year to make this bit FAR easier to handle.
1. GET THE RIGHT BOOKS
So in first term, the Law society held a book sale which is done annually, where second and third years sell their old books for extremely discounted prices. The catch, however, is that not all the books are the right edition or most useful but as a first year you pick up; a) what you were told to and b) whatever is cheapest. If you take a quick glance at the cover photo of this post you’ll see the books I came out of that sale with, none of those are the right edition and the criminal one wasn’t even the book we used this year. To avoid this, I recommend you take screenshots of the books you need, make sure you know the cover and the edition number when you go to the sale. Another very viable option would be to just go to the library. There are copies of all the textbooks you need, and I have since checked out the right books and will be opening them up this holiday and they can be renewed as many times as you want.
2. QUICK READING
Its not uncommon to have over 40-50 pages of reading for a single seminar so its important to understand that you can’t spend hours just doing the reading. For the most part, your textbooks are subdivided with headings after headings so you can get to the information you want very easily. Secondly your lecturers base their teaching on these books or at least work with the same content so what you can avoid doing is reading over the same thing you sat in lecturers listening to. The cases are the same, the laws are the same so if you already know it, there’s no harm in turning the page and going on to the next thing.
3. GO TO YOUR LECTURES AND SEMINARS
Like I said above, the content of the reading and the lectures don’t often differ that much. If you don’t go to your lectures, the content will sound foreign, the 20 pages feel like 200 because you’re reading it 10 times over and then you go to your seminar, still confused and realise that you had over complicated it in your head. Coming from someone who learns the best when someone speaks to me, lectures are actually very helpful, not only do you get someone explaining it to you but also you get a real person’s perspective on it rather than a book that is purely fact based. This makes life a lot easier when you get back and open your books because you’re already forming ideas on the topic whether based on your lecturer’s view, your own or even the person you were sat next to.
With all of this being said, I want to make it very clear that reading is possibly the most difficult part of this degree solely because of much there is to do but don’t stress yourself out trying to do it all. Your seminar tutors are there for a reason, your personal tutor is there and the lecturers themselves are always there. Exam content will always be covered whether you do the reading or not, you are not missing out on ground breaking information. Finally, even if you are behind (i.e. me) there’s always time to catch up its just down to your own initiative.