Finals suck, but you have plenty of time of time to learn the material before you need to prove it. Even if you understand only 10% of the class now, the learning curve is steep and almost everything will make sense by the time you have to prove your mettle.
- You cannot see the forest when you are stuck in the trees. Very cliché, but true. Once you have gone over the entire subject matter, things tend to make more sense. Whether you are a 1L or 3L, stuff probably will not click until you have seen most or all of it—which is the end of the semester.
- If you are behind, you have time to catch up. Waiting until classes are done is not the time to re-read a semester’s worth of material. If you are behind now, spend the next month getting caught up on your reading and your notes.
- Adrenaline helps. Believe it or not, but you probably have too much time on your hands right now. Once classes are over, the adrenaline kicks in and your brain will work at a higher level. The threat of impending doom makes you learn Property as quickly as you can.
- Repetition and reviewing is key. Sometimes just re-reading the same junk two or three times is all it takes to master something. That is why making an outline is so beneficial to a degree—because you experience the material again. Once you have your outline, reading it over and over will reinforce everything.
- Thanksgiving weekend is a gift. Go out Wednesday night, spend Thursday with your family, and then hit the books. You can reduce your stress during finals prep week by getting a good start on your outlines—which should allow you to get adequate sleep during finals week.
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