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The Insider’s Guide to Study Aids

Find Out What You Need to Know

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With Labor Day on the horizon, some law schools are already in full swing while others will welcome students to campus soon to start classes and hit the books. Among students there is already talk about the value of study groups and using supplemental books (a.k.a. study aids) to help analyze cases and better understand black letter law. In short, every student wants to know what proactive steps they can take to give themselves an edge.

When it comes to law school there are no do-overs.

When it comes to law school there are no do-overs. That’s why you need to make smart choices to help improve your performance in law school. It’s important to find out how to select the best study guide for you to learn material more efficiently. Choose wisely and you’ll also get important feedback prior to exams and have more time to study.

Here are some tips to guide you through the process from the very start of the semester through to midterm and final exams:

  1. Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses.
    Besides keeping up with the reading, you need to be self-aware. Think about where you need a helping hand. Common trouble areas for students include understanding the big picture, knowing the rule of black letter law, issue spotting, analysis of fact patterns, and application of the rules. Once you’ve made your self-assessment use those insights to arm yourself with the right tools to close the gap on what you need to know. Have a good grasp of the material? You’ll find recall tools (think flash cards) and study aids with practice questions and exam tips are useful for exam prep.
  2. Want a clearer view of the big picture?
    Even if you faithfully do the reading and go to class, there will be times when you’ll feel totally adrift in a sea of information that doesn’t make sense. This is when in-depth study aids rich in narrative can offer a life raft. Among the most popular and highly regarded is the Examples & Explanations series, which students find helpful from the first day of class through to finals. Definitions of key terms and a thorough review of pertinent rules and concepts help you focus on what you need to know. Examples of how to apply the law (hypotheticals) in the form of questions are followed by detailed explanations (analysis), making it easier to comprehend complex material.
  3. Need to master course material?
    Professors and students agree that an outline is the most effective tool for studying. While it’s important that you build your own, many find that Emanuel Law Outlines covers topics, cases, and black letter law in a way that’s easy to digest. Throughout your course the essay Q&As make it easy to test your grasp of the material. Exam prep is covered, too: Capsule summaries are perfect for studying, while the exam tips alert you to issues and fact patterns often used on tests that trip up the unsuspecting.
  4. Like to check your knowledge on applying the rules correctly?
    Often students don’t have any idea of how they are doing in a course until after mid-terms and finals are over – when it’s too late. Glannon Guides were designed to help students learn course material through multiple choice questions and analysis of both correct and incorrect answers. This study aid lets you test your knowledge and practice for upcoming exams while discerning nuances of the law and its application. The more challenging questions at the end of each chapter – called “Closers” – test ability to synthesize the answers to more sophisticated questions, and is followed by an entire final chapter of “Closers” covering all the material.
  5. Want practice preparing for midterms and finals?
    Believe it or not, they’ll be here before you know it. While all the study aids referenced above can help you prepare for exams, some are designed to help when already midway through the semester. This is where Emanuel CrunchTime and Emanuel Law in a Flash come into play.

    • Great for the visual learner, CrunchTime lives up to its name by helping students review material through flow charts and capsule summaries of the course topic. Exam tips and short answer, multiple choice, and essay questions and answers let you practice across a variety of formats while building skills and confidence.
    • Students on the go will appreciate Law in a Flash – a comprehensive set of portable flash cards. Designed to cover legal topics point by point, each card has a question on one side with the answer on the other. You can review the whole deck, break out specific topics to focus on, or do last minute brush up on black letter law by studying the cards imprinted with diamonds and designated for quick review.
  6. Go digital for an interactive experience with meaningful feedback.
    Trusted by law students, Examples and Explanations,Emanuel Law Outlines and Glannon Guides are now available in a digital-only format in addition to the traditional print format. Each connected study aid includes an online e-book with search, highlighting, and notetaking capabilities; access to an Interactive Study Center filled with practice questions that allows students to track their progress; and an Outline Tool that compiles notes and highlights to help jump start a course outline.
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