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From Spaced Repetition to Expert Tutoring, Discover the Best Tools for Learning the Law

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Law students know that to succeed in class they need to finish ahead of the curve. That means not only keeping up with the reading, mastering the material and utilizing new skills like case briefing and outlining, but also outperforming their peers.

In addition to the grading curve, there are two other “curves” you need to consider. There is the learning curve, which assesses a student’s progress in gaining knowledge by learning from their mistakes through practical experience over time – a reason why students find the practice questions in the Study Center of their Connected Casebook so helpful. (Tip: Have a Connected Casebook but haven’t registered it yet? Go to CasebookConnect.com and enter the access code found inside your print casebook.) There is also the often-overlooked forgetting curve, which measures a student’s inability to recall information after periods of time.

Law students are constantly in a race against time to commit black letter law to memory and make connections between legal concepts. Consequently, the learning curve and forgetting curve have considerable impact on performance when taking exams.

Retain More of What You Learn

As exams approach, you may find yourself cramming to prepare. However, research shows that this method of studying doesn’t work very well. According to one landmark study, students’ ability to recall information learned this way drops dramatically over time. After 24 hours the retention rate is less than 34%, and after a week it’s 25%.

A new learning method based on spaced repetition was designed to help law students conquer this forgetting curve and has proven effective in helping users remember 92% of the material. Named one of the Top 20 Legal IT Innovations 2017, SeRiouS (short for spaced repetition systems) uses a unique algorithm to help you learn and remember more efficiently.

SeRiouS begins by asking users to quiz themselves on a series of electronic flashcards using any device with an internet connection. They then grade themselves on how well they know the answer before flipping the card over. The algorithm learns from their ratings: it knows what students are struggling with, and what they know well. It then uses this information to predict when someone is going to forget something and reminds them just in time by showing them the flashcard – effectively saying “study and remember this.” As a result, students who review information at the right time forget more slowly and eventually need to review less often.

With SeRiouS, students can make their own flashcard decks or use the Boost Deck, created by law professors to teach 1L content that is also commonly tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) – preparing students for their course-specific exams today and the MBE of tomorrow. Already used by more than 4,000 law students in the United States, SeRiouS has been proven to help students outperform their peers in class and significantly improve bar exam passage rates.

Want to start saving more information in your memory bank in the all-important weeks leading up to final exams? Check out how this proven method works by signing up for a free trial today.

Too Steep a Learning Curve? Get Personalized Support

As the school year progresses, even the best students may find that they need additional support beyond trusted study aids like Examples & Explanations and Emanuel Law Outlines, or the extensive resources found in the Connected Casebook Study Center at CasebookConnect.com. (Tip: For some great strategies about making the most of your study time, read this informative article by our friends at Law School Toolbox. If you find yourself struggling with something, you may benefit from personalized help to reach your academic goals.

For some, this may mean enlisting the support of an expert tutor to master a difficult concept like foreseeability in Torts or to prepare for an exam. However, tutors can be expensive and vary significantly in the level of their expertise. That’s why Wolters Kluwer has partnered with Law School Toolbox to bring students LawBoost – a specially priced one-on-one tutoring package available exclusively for CasebookConnect users.

LawBoost gives law students three hours of consultation with an expert, highly-trained law school tutor at an affordable price. Law School Toolbox tutors are attorneys with extensive experience in law school tutoring and teaching, so you can feel confident that you are in good hands. Each expert is available remotely via phone, email, or video chat to address specific concerns, provide targeted career advice, and produce effective results.

Tutor sessions may be scheduled within 24 hours of sign up. Students can opt to share their CasebookConnect Study Center work with the tutors to improve ramp-up time and focus specifically on the student’s most critical needs.

To Connect with an expert tutor, access your CasebookConnect.com account and click the LawBoost rocket in the recommended products portion of your dashboard.

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