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    Okay so i feel like crying. Well not really just dont feel my happiest!

    Started Uni (2nd year law llb) in Oct, been 8 weeks back and i feel as if im 10 steps back already!

    Straight away had an assignment to do so cracked on with that and kinda neglected my notes and prep for the other modules. Now its reading week and i didnt wanna waste it doing nothing so ive been reading through what i neglected. But i feel as if nothing is going in and understand nothing! Im so worried that i wont get that 2:1 or especially that 1st that im really aiming towards! Is it too late? Also im a bit worried by the fact that my exams are in April and if i dont start revising now i will get a bleurghh grade. Can someone who has been through year 2 please gimme some advice on how to work in year 2 to acheive a good grade and how i should plan things out? is it too late? are the exams really tht hard? i dunno! im just SO confused! need some general tips for handling year 2 law! urghhh

    Not studying law yet, let alone second year law, but in general if you fall behind the only thing for it is 1) spend as much time as you can in the library or wherever you are most productive; 2) contact friends/colleagues on the same courses as you and ask if they can let you borrow some notes; 3) avoid doing unnecessary work.

    3) will probably be the most difficult one to do on your own, but again if you can rely a little on your friends/colleagues then perhaps they can give you some advice on what is relevant and what isn't. Also, it has to be said that, regardless of the degree, you should not attempt to read every page of everything.

    If it makes you feel any better I doubt you are a 1st class student if your study planning is this poor. Aim for a 2.i and remember not to neglect work in the future.
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    Ahh second-year blues. Brings back memories.

    My main method of studying is to set small goals for every day and do my best to meet them.

    Say I wake up one morning and I have 120 pages of EU + 3 articles in international law and textbook reading for my other modules to finish for this week. I prioritise my readings based on what is most essential depending on my timetable and which classes are coming first and then do my readings bit by bit with lots of breaks and a healthy amount of procrastination.

    Whilst doing the textbook reading for that module for that week, if I really enjoy the topic and find it interesting, I look up past exam papers and see how often that particular topics turns up in exams. If it turns up with a reliable amount of frequency, I will mark that topic down as one of the ones I will prepare for my exams, so will work extra hard on it, do all the further readings, make detailed notes, etc.

    If that week's topic is something I didn't particularly enjoy, I just do the basic textbook readings, wikipedia the cases to get some background, do my best in class discussions and move on from the subject. I don't even waste my time with notes because I don't want to do that topic for exams.

    This way of approaching my law degree got me a very acceptable degree classification in the end.

    And well, this method also guarantees that you have to end up cramming in Easter, which I did, every year for 10 weeks straight.
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