October 14, 2021
Dean's Fellow Digest Issue #33 - The Final Countdown: 24-Hours Before an Exam, A Recommended Approach
Dean's Fellows consistently strive to support students in realizing their full academic potential, leading ultimately to success on the bar exam and in the workplace. To support all Southwestern students in this goal, the Dean's Fellows created this Digest as a way to check-in at critical times throughout the semester with helpful tips, strategies, and encouragement.
IN THIS ISSUE:
The Final Countdown: 24-Hours Before an Exam, A Recommended Approach
Whether it’s midterm or final exams, you’ve spent the entire semester here-to-date preparing for this exam. What happens in the final 24-hours? Here is a sample breakdown in preparation for a remote exam (note commute time is not included) if it were to start at 9:00 a.m.
Study (be specific with your study schedule, or precious hours get lost…)
Light Review/Preparation to “prime” your mind (avoid if you’re too anxious—you should not be using this time to learn new information)
|8:40 a.m.||Use the restroom so you don’t take time away from your exam!|
Print out Exam: Make sure you take advantage of this feature, if available (Professor-specific, so find out ahead of time). This is a good time to read the fact pattern and write out all the issues you spot.
|9:00 a.m.||EXAM TIME! Trust yourself and your preparation. You’ve got this—luck has little to do with it!|
 Please note that this recommended timeline may work best for a final exam schedule, where regular classes have ended for the semester. However, this information should be considered for all exams.
*About the Author:
Lilian is a 3L Evening student who graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in Sociology. She is currently a Dean's Fellow and is externing at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She intends to complete a concentration in Criminal Law to advocate for victims of violence.
Lilian has worked full-time throughout most of her academic career, so she knows what it feels like to have a busy schedule. She is excited to help you work through your busy schedule, as well. Lilian looks forward to being a resource for you as you dive into your Southwestern experience.
Dean’s Fellows are upper-division students with strong academic skills who go through a rigorous application and training process. They are an integral part of the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Department. They are carefully selected based on their academic excellence and ability to teach other students best-practice study methods that will help them become acclimated to the study of law. Dean’s Fellows meet with students as academic mentors.
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