[Revision] 30 days… Simplified Action

This blog post is part of the diary of a LPC Student Series on YCIL.

A fellow classmate asked me how I did it. Not so much my 30 days scheme, but just revision in general. She found it hard to get motivated, especially this early on when there is not the same pressure as when you hit cramming mode.

Last exam period my classmates were plotting my early demise so that they could acquire my very well protected folder for the exam. I’m always happy to help fellow students, and many of my classmates know if they miss class I’ll be happy to help them out. So it wasn’t a surprise when I was approached with a “what do I do question?” from a student who in the last set of exams copied a checklist I made on Resolutions the morning of the BLP exam, only to be ever so grateful when it came up as the first question.

So here is the advice I gave to achieve a much more simplified action plan to tackle last minute revision (some of this I’ve mentioned before). Even if you do nothing else – this will get you through.

  • All our elective exams are open book – so it is important to know your materials inside out. You can spend so much time looking for the right page. During your normal revision plan – note what things go together – putting references by page number or source in the margin can be more helpful and time-saving. Examples of things to link:
    • relevant law in the statute book
    • chain of events – what happens next in time;
    • or additional notes on the same thing in a different place e.g. the theory behind it in one place; how to draft it in another and updates in another.
  • Know the exam style – know examples of what will be asked and how you can answer them. i.e. what is important to get down. Help with this can be drawn from sample questions / mock exams or asking your tutor if this were to be on the exam what would you be looking for.
  • As I’ve mentioned before structuring exam questions before the exam is a very helpful part of revision. Not to the extent that you have it written word for word – but almost like a flow diagram of different options and what little things you might forget about in the stress of the exam. e.g. compensation for lack of s1 statement if claimant is successful in main action.

AND FINALLY

  • Key points; essentially for ensuring you understanding of a topic and to help you cover all aspects of the course – quicker. For example we had a Letters of Credit lecture the other day, everyone had spent hours reading about them trying to understand what the whole thing was about – the lecturer came in talked for 15 minutes – and it just clicked for us. The Manual had said what was on 6 powerpoint slides in about 100 pages.

For my full 30days action plan see: 30days…30workshops