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  • Preparation for exams exams
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  • Preparation Know what to expect Know what to expect LPAB website LPAB website Learning the material Learning the material Summaries Summaries Approaching open book exams Approaching open book exams What to take in What to take in Technique Technique
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  • Know what to expect http://www.lpab.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lpab/l egalprofession_current_dip_law_stud/legal profession_current_dip_law_stud_examina tions/legalprofession_current_dip_law_stu d_exam_coverpages.html http://www.lpab.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lpab/l egalprofession_current_dip_law_stud/legal profession_current_dip_law_stud_examina tions/legalprofession_current_dip_law_stu d_exam_coverpages.html http://www.lpab.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lpab/l egalprofession_current_dip_law_stud/legal profession_current_dip_law_stud_examina tions/legalprofession_current_dip_law_stu d_exam_coverpages.html http://www.lpab.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lpab/l egalprofession_current_dip_law_stud/legal profession_current_dip_law_stud_examina tions/legalprofession_current_dip_law_stu d_exam_coverpages.html Time-table Time-table Structure and timing (cover page) Structure and timing (cover page) Past papers Past papers Exam fit Exam fit
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  • Learning the material Open book Open book Do I need to learn the material? Do I need to learn the material? What to learn What to learn Lectures Lectures Readings Readings Summaries Summaries
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  • Why summaries? Preparation of summaries helps you: 1. Organise 1. Organise material in a clear and logical manner 2. Structure 2. Structure your thoughts and ideas 3. Test 3. Test your understanding of course materials if you dont know it you cant summarise it 4. Reduce 4. Reduce your notes to a form useful for study and open book exams 5. Learn 5. Learn course materials
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  • ORGANISE You will have assembled a lot of material lecture notes, case notes, notes of readings, etc Your summaries need to organise this in a way which is accessible and useful
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  • Organisation requires editing As you summarise, you should select the most important points you need to remember As you summarise, you should select the most important points you need to remember These points should be organised around topics, or themes, or grouped together with similar ideas, in a way which makes sense to you. These points should be organised around topics, or themes, or grouped together with similar ideas, in a way which makes sense to you. Rewriting your notes is NOT preparing a summary you also need to RETHINK your notes Rewriting your notes is NOT preparing a summary you also need to RETHINK your notes
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  • An organised summary is: Brief ideally, every topic should be dealt with in only one page Brief ideally, every topic should be dealt with in only one page Headings only your summary should be key points or headings which remind you of the main material to be covered, not a complete restatement of the course material Headings only your summary should be key points or headings which remind you of the main material to be covered, not a complete restatement of the course material Supported by relevant authorities (cases/legislation) Supported by relevant authorities (cases/legislation)
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  • STRUCTURE Black holes are very dense and full of matter. Black holes are very dense and full of matter. There is so much matter in a black hole that once you enter there is no escape. There is so much matter in a black hole that once you enter there is no escape.
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  • Avoid Black Holes A summary which is a complete rewrite of the text book and all your lecture notes is a black hole - it will suck up all your time and energy and give you nothing back. Summaries should be brief, cover only the main points and be a rethink not a rewrite
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  • A good structure: May be different for every person as we all think differently. May be different for every person as we all think differently. Should be able to work as an essay plan, or a check list to make sure you spot and discuss all relevant issues raised in a question Should be able to work as an essay plan, or a check list to make sure you spot and discuss all relevant issues raised in a question Should be structured logically and supported by relevant material Should be structured logically and supported by relevant material
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  • A good structure: Will use headings and dot points Will use headings and dot points Wont use so much information that the reader gets lost in the detail Wont use so much information that the reader gets lost in the detail May cross reference to other summaries if ideas overlap, or you want to link to related ideas May cross reference to other summaries if ideas overlap, or you want to link to related ideas
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  • UNDERSTANDING A key purpose of summary preparation is for you to check you have understood the course material. A key purpose of summary preparation is for you to check you have understood the course material. The process of summarising should expose gaps in your understanding and give you the opportunity to fix them, before the examiner also looks for any lack of understanding. The process of summarising should expose gaps in your understanding and give you the opportunity to fix them, before the examiner also looks for any lack of understanding.
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  • Understand before you summarise The process of preparing a summary will help you learn, if you check and develop your understanding along the way. If your summaries are nothing more than rewrites of material you do not understand then they are not learning tools but exercises in penmanship. You need to rethink for a summary, not simply rewrite.
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  • Understand what you summarise For some people reading the text or other recommended reading will be sufficient to understand the lecture material. Others may have to go wider to other sources to build their understanding. For some people reading the text or other recommended reading will be sufficient to understand the lecture material. Others may have to go wider to other sources to build their understanding. Ask questions, read widely, do whatever it takes to make sure you understand the material. Ask questions, read widely, do whatever it takes to make sure you understand the material. You need to summarise your knowledge, not your ignorance. You need to summarise your knowledge, not your ignorance.
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  • Self preparation Because summaries are prepared so that you can check your understanding and to help you demonstrate that understanding in an exam, the best summaries are self prepared: made for you, by you. Every summary may look different, but be equally useful to the person who prepared it. Because summaries are prepared so that you can check your understanding and to help you demonstrate that understanding in an exam, the best summaries are self prepared: made for you, by you. Every summary may look different, but be equally useful to the person who prepared it.
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  • REDUCE Once you understand the material, then you can reduce it into a usable summary. distilling down abbreviated summary key points Summary preparation is a process of distilling down lecture notes, case notes and readings into a very abbreviated summary, which reminds you of the key points at a glance.
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  • Summaries of summaries Because summarising is a process of building understanding rather than just rewriting notes, the best exam summaries are often summaries of summaries. Because summarising is a process of building understanding rather than just rewriting notes, the best exam summaries are often summaries of summaries. Preparing summaries is not a one-step process. Preparing summaries is not a one-step process.
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  • LEARN Now your summaries are ready, the last step is to learn them. Writing the summary is only part of the process You must also know what is in the summary, so you can use it in the exam (and in practice.)
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  • Aide memoire A summary is an aide memoire A summary is an aide memoire The purpose of a summary is to remind you of the law you already know The purpose of a summary is to remind you of the law you already know Summaries cannot teach you law in exam conditions with which you are not already familiar. Summaries cannot teach you law in exam conditions with which you are not already familiar.
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  • How to? Start by reviewing (and if necessary rewriting) your lecture notes, case notes and the notes of other readings from texts or other sources. Start by reviewing (and if necessary rewriting) your lecture notes, case notes and the notes of other readings from texts or other sources. Make sure your lecture notes are complete and that you have read enough to understand the material covered in each lecture. Make sure your lecture notes are complete and that you have read enough to understand the material covered in each lecture. Your lecture notes are the best basis for your summary preparation. Your lecture notes are the best basis for your summary preparation.
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  • Examples: Legal Institutions Legal Institutions is a thematic course with a spiralling curriculum which looks at a number of issues and concepts. One useful structure would be to prepare a glossary of terms a

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