Top 3 Tips for the LPC: Part Two
This is the second part to Dorothy’s blog on top tips for the Legal Practice Course (LPC). You can read Top 3 Tips for the LPC: Part One here.
1. Preparation is key
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I worked and studied at the same time. Therefore it was vital that I was on top of the work most of the time! First, you may find that you have many deadlines at once. I would recommend that you enter key dates into your calendar on your phone. Also, grab a piece of paper and place it at the top of your file. Therefore when you open your file straight away, you have key dates at hand. Invest in some lever arch files for each subject. Don’t combine subjects into one file.
Look at what you have to do for the week. In our school, we had a page that stated what needed to be read and completed before the next lesson. If you are short of time, do the reading around the key areas to have the foundation in the subject. Then go to the problem question about the client. Search for clues in the text that reflects what you have read, i.e second line is about unfair dismissal, put the page number next to it. When you consolidate, it would be easier because the clues and page numbers are there.
2. Revisit the topics
My Law School provided quizzes online to test learning and I would repeatedly do the same quiz. This may seem strange at first, as after a while you would start getting 100%, but keep going. When you constantly repeat information it starts to be rooted in your mind. When the answers came up, there would usually be a short explanation. I collated all the explanations into a separate word document and revised the information. This was important, as I would be revising concise information in the way you would answer in an exam. Listen to lectures online if your school provides this resource.
3. Go through your notes straight away
Consolidate after lectures or lessons. This would involve going straight to the library. Set your phone on timer for one hour to start. If you are able to record yourself reading the information, this is a great way to help your memory. You can also have a step by step process to go through how you solve the problem question. You can then listen to yourself in the mornings during breaks to go over the information.
That concludes my top tips. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog!