It’s that time of year! Fall break is over, final memos are due soon, and exams are imminent! The library has a large collection of study aids just waiting to help you prepare for exams.
So how can you get ready for the end of the semester push? Here are five study tools that will help!
- Examples and Explanations (E&Es): Available for all of the first year courses, 2L priority courses, and many other upper-level electives, E&Es are a great study tool. They give you fact pattern examples with a question to answer on various sub-topics within that subject area, followed by explanations on how one would best answer that question.
- Questions & Answers (Q&A): Another perennial student favorite, Q&As have multiple choice questions, followed by answers to the questions, including explanations of why the wrong answers are incorrect. The library has these for all the first year courses and many of the upper-level courses.
- Another study guide series that has good practice questions is the Glannon Guide series. Multiple choice questions are interspersed throughout, with explanations for why the correct answer is right and why the incorrect answers are not. The library has these for many subjects.
- My personal favorite study series are the CrunchTimes! These guides have amazing flowcharts at the front of each volume that help those visual learners out there figure out how to tackle a question. The CrunchTimes also have study tips throughout each volume, bringing important things to remember to the reader’s attention. Unfortunately, the library doesn’t carry many CrunchTimes, but gently used copies are usually available on Barnes & Noble or Amazon for really low prices–and they are worth it!
- If you’re ready to review what you’ve learned, CALI lessons are a great way to test what you know and what you still need to learn. There are tons of lessons for both first-year and upper-level courses, and they’re broken down by topics so you can find a lesson on the exact unit you want to practice. To register, go to http://cali.org/user/register. You’ll create your own username and password and be asked for the authorization code, which 1Ls receive a orientation. If you’ve misplaced the Code, stop by the Reference Desk or ask your favorite librarian!
Good luck with exams!