Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Studying in Law School

Before coming to Loyola, I was told by several people that I would need to find a study group. You know that scene in Legally Blonde when Elle is trying to find a study group? That is what I envisioned.

In reality, study groups are just groups of classmates getting together and bouncing questions and hypotheticals off of each other. You do not have to bring muffins to bribe others (though it probably would make finding a study group exceptionally easy) and there is no “right” size for a study group, it can be two people or eight people. The truth about study groups is that they are really helpful if you like to study with other people, but they are not necessary to succeed in law school.

Personally, I study far more efficiently by myself. I get distracted easily when other people are around because I like to talk socially more than I like to talk about the cases that we just read. In all of my classes we have in-depth discussions about the material, so I never feel as though I am missing out on hearing the ideas and opinions of my peers, all of which are really helpful in shaping my own thoughts on the different subjects.

I am a firm believer that you should study the way that works best for you, not the way that everyone tells you is the “normal” way to study. I know several people that are thriving with their study groups, and I know several people that are thriving through self-study. No matter what road you decide is best, your peers will be ready to support you in class discussions, study groups, and a lot more. I have mentioned this before, and it really is true: the students here want to see others thrive, not tear them down, and in turn it creates a collaborative, helpful campus environment!

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