How to Get a First in Your Law Degree Exams
Your LLB exams are probably upon you by now, and you might be trying to get the most out of last-minute revision. Here’s a list of tips to score that highly sought-after top mark…
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Law Degree Exams Tip 1: Plan your time well
LLB exams just around the corner?
Time management is crucial once LLB exam season arrives. This means scheduling adequate breaks and sufficient time for sleeping around your revision.
It will be a lot harder to produce work to the standard of a first if you did not get enough sleep the night before an exam. The same goes for days spent in the library – you need to schedule regular breaks in order to retain the most information.
Thus, it might help to create a little timetable that balances your time between revising, preparing for exams, taking breaks and socialising. This will add structure to your days and encourage you to set an alarm every morning to get on with your day.
Next, once you have created your timetable, just make sure that you stick to it! It can be tempting to head out every evening, especially if your friends have already finished their exams. But it’s important to remember that taking a little time out from partying in the short term will be worth in the long term once the exams are over and you achieve the mark you have been aiming toward.
>> Want to see an example of a good revision timetable? Take a look at our one here!
LLB exams too far away to start worrying about?
It is easy to get complacent about how far away your exams are. One day in October, exams will be eight months away, then before long it will be April and your exams are just around the corner.
If you would like to avoid the pre-exam panic, you can plan to spread your exam preparation evenly throughout the year.
Semester one might seem like an unreasonable time to start thinking about your LLB exams in June, but if you go over your lecture notes regularly and spend enough time preparing for seminars, then you will have lots of revision notes when it comes round to regular revision.
In semester two, you can head out and start buying materials to aid your revision like revision cards and coloured pens which will serve as a reminder to start thinking about exam preparation early in the new year.
Then you could start creating a revision timetable to spread your revision over a few months instead of squeezing it into four weeks.
Law Degree Exams Tip 2: Practice Makes Perfect
The best way to improve your chances of getting a first in your exams is to practice answering exam questions. Whether the questions are multiple choice, problem questions or essay questions, you should practice in order to get used to applying your knowledge to exam style questions.
It is common for module leaders to provide past papers in your course materials so you should use these to perfect your exam technique.
You could start practising by using the questions to get a feel for writing your answers. Then, once you feel a little more confident, you should time your practice questions to the time that you will get during the real exam.
The more exam questions you practice, the more comfortable you will be answering them in an exam under time-pressured conditions. It will also reduce the chance of being surprised the questions that might come up in the real exam.
Law Degree Exams Tip 3: Ask for Examples
Take advantage of the help that your module tutors can provide. Don’t be afraid to ask your module tutor for examples of exam answers that have achieved a first. This provides a goal to strive for and a standard to compare your work to.
You could also ask your tutor to spend time during their teaching to go through a past exam paper. This will be helpful as it is usually your tutors who write the LLB exams. They should not include anything in the exam that has not been taught throughout the year, therefore you will have an idea of the style of exam questions that could arise based on what you have covered content wise.
You could also ask your tutor if they would be willing to mark practice exam questions that you have answered under timed conditions, if they do not already do so.
Law Degree Exams Tip 4: Find a Revision Method that Works for You
Different revision methods work for different people. The way your friends revise for exams may not work effectively for everyone else.
If you retain more information by working with other people and sharing ideas, then make sure that you organise regular revision sessions with other people taking the same LLB exams.
However, if you are too distracted working with other people, then seek out the silent room in your library and head there regularly for undisturbed revision sessions.
Similarly, it helps to try out different revision methods to mix things up and discover which works best for you. You can make colourful posters that consolidate different topics, or you can spend time creating revision cards and using these to memorise important cases and statutes.
It may also help to record yourself reading out revision notes and playing them to yourself whilst your travelling on the train, car or bus etc., or even playing the recordings whilst you are exercising.
Additionally, if you can find a willing recipient, you can offer to teach someone about your exam topic; talking about your exam content will help you to retain more information and explaining the concepts will mirror what you will be doing in your LLB exams.
>> Read our blog post on the 5 Revision Techniques That Are Proven to Work here!
Law Degree Exams Tip 5: Don’t Doubt Yourself
If you believe you can achieve a first, then just work hard enough and you can absolutely reach your goal! A positive mind set will motivate you to work your hardest in the exam.
It is so easy to sit there in an exam and potentially waste the precious minutes worrying about how badly it is going. This is not ideal if you are looking to achieve a first.
It will help with nerves to walk into the exam saying to yourself in your head that you are going to work your hardest and that you will achieve the first that you have been working for. A positive mind set will influence your motivation and concentration in the exam.
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Author: Jasmin Bateman