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:hugs: Hello! :h:

I know that this may seem like it's too late to start a new Grow Your Grades blog, but you know what - I am still going to do it!

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I am currently almost halfway through the last year of my law degree, and I am aiming to graduate with a first class average for the first time in my life this year! To me, what is important right now is to work towards it and to keep learning on how to make this possible. That means I need to continuously improve my study skills, exam techniques, research ability, and the "lawyering" mentality.


My Motivation

To be honest, before this I haven't truly considered the value of what it means to get a First Class average outside of improving my chances to get employed as a lawyer. Then after several rejections months back, I somehow managed to have a 3-week long internship in legal advisory when it comes to civil matters such as debt recollection, employment contracts, land law, and intellectual property. During this time period I've realized that a lot of the legal suggestions that the lawyers made were very legally creative, functional, and innovative!

This made me grasp the true value of what is to be able to understand, apply, and mold the law to make it work the way you want it to. I did a lot of legal research during this internship, so it definitely opened my eyes on why legal theories are very important.

And so, ever since then I've been interested in doing my best to achieve this level of greatness I swear!


Previously

I made a similar thread about doing things absolutely last minute in the last exam term. You can find the thread here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7020972

Academic scores so far (not looking great, I know )
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First year average: 61.25%
Criminal law (57%)
Contract law (62%)
Equity & Trusts (62%)
Public law (64%)

Second year average: 61.915%
Jurisprudence (52%)
Tort law (61%)
Land law (62%)
EU law (64%)
Public international law (70%)

By second year, most of my weaknesses lies in answering problem scenario questions which is the bane of my entire existence :ashamed2: I've had several first class essays, but even then I am still questioning my actual essay writing abilities at the moment


Third Year Modules (2021/2022 academic year)


Semester 1:
Mental Health Law (2 assignments-based)
Environmental Law (1 assignment-based)
Company Law (exams-based)


Semester 2:
Medical Law (1 assignment-based)
Intellectual Property Law (exams-based)
Commercial Law (1 assignment + exams-based)
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So far...
(Tuesday, 30th November)

I've just submitted a MHL essay literally last week. I genuinely didn't know what to write about for 5-10 pages in relation to the question that we were given. Really anxious about it because I want to score well in it, since MHL was a random choice I made that I didn't expect to enjoy.

Right now I have 2 more assignments - (questions not confirmed yet, but I know it's coming!) - in MHL and Environmental Law due late January, but I will also have my Company Law exams by then so I am worried.

...I am also having some kind of trauma with assignments after failing Jurisprudence honestly

For the next few days, I am not sure what to do yet. Though I guess that I will have to catch up with Company law and MHL, as well as preparing for my last my batch of seminars this term. Since I've skipped some due to me doing my MHL assignment last minute, I ought to utilize their remaining office-hours seriously. Have to seek out advice on what and how to write lengthy assignments too.

[Btw, sorry for tagging you guys along again. Feel free to unwatch at anytime, and hope that you guys are doing a-OK! :jumphug:]
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You will be fine, you have a consistent 2:1 over 2 years, and good A Levels. You are guaranteed a TC. Stop worrying lol. If you are in a bad position, I am worthless. People with your profile always end up in the city. But I'll be here for you, and we can push through and get that first.
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You will be fine, you have a consistent 2:1 over 2 years, and good A Levels. You are guaranteed a TC. Stop worrying lol. If you are in a bad position, I am worthless. People with your profile always end up in the city. But I'll be here for you, and we can push through and get that first.
I'll be here for you too. Please don't put yourself down like that, there are a lot of factors at play than 2:1s to be honest My CV is frankly empty and the competition is horrendous.

Personally, am doing the bar after this though but a solicitor's work is very appealing to me too. On the bright side we can always support each other!

So how've you been lately?
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I'll be here for you too. Please don't put yourself down like that, there are a lot of factors at play than 2:1s to be honest My CV is frankly empty and the competition is horrendous.

Personally, am doing the bar after this though but a solicitor's work is very appealing to me too. On the bright side we can always support each other!

So how've you been lately?
I've been okay, I got a first in my equity essay worth 50 % of my final grade for that module. However, my Law of Equity grades doesn't count towards my final grades. I have only completed one essay which counts towards my final degree; my EU essay. My EU Essay counts for 7.5% of my final grade, and I think I got a third or fail no joke! I made some grammatical mistakes, and I am unsure about some of my arguments.
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I've been okay, I got a first in my equity essay worth 50 % of my final grade for that module. However, my Law of Equity grades doesn't count towards my final grades. I have only completed one essay which counts towards my final degree; my EU essay. My EU Essay counts for 7.5% of my final grade, and I think I got a third or fail no joke! I made some grammatical mistakes, and I am unsure about some of my arguments.
Congrats on your first in an essay mate! I don't think that you would score that low to be honest, I'd say that it could possibly be your nerves speaking - I'm in a worrying state too

On that note, have you thought of making your own GYG blog? It'll be nice to track our progresses
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Congrats on your first in an essay mate! I don't think that you would score that low to be honest, I'd say that it could possibly be your nerves speaking - I'm in a worrying state too

On that note, have you thought of making your own GYG blog? It'll be nice to track our progresses
Yh I’ll deffo make the blog. I would just prefer to do it after I get my EU essay on the 6th December (if all goes to plan). I may have a mental breakdown that day.
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The Last Set of Semester 1 Tutorials
(Tuesday, 7th December)

This week has the last set of tutorials that I would ever have for Semester 1, and it is horrifying to think that I wouldn't study the same modules in the following semester - mostly because that meant that I would really, really need to do well for the upcoming exams in January. To be honest, I have not done much in the past 10 weeks of university. I admittedly just stuck to the bare minimum of doing things, such as answering and filling in tutorial questions.

In the past 2 and a half years of university, I surprisingly never made any kinds of notes for any of my subjects. The only thing I had were my tutorial notes? Even then, they were not exactly the most detailed. In some ways this worries me, since this lazy approach clearly negatively impacted my ability to answer problem questions, as evident in my low mark in Tort Law. Therefore, from today onwards until early January, I think that I might want to make an outline for Company Law

Will I even do it?

I don't know, but I should honestly.
I won't get to have 3rd year again and I must go out with a bang! :doh:

In the meanwhile, I also have to gear up on whatever that I need to prepare for the two remaining assignments that I have for Environmental Law and MHL. These are due in late January, so I still have time that I need to put to good use - lest it be as stressful as Jurisprudence :cry: I cannot afford another repeat of bad marks this year at all, especially since I have been leaving out a lot of extracurricular experiences that I could have done in order to do well academically this year :flute:


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This week my seminars will cover:

  • MHL (Tuesday) - Community Treatment Orders and Access to Justice
  • Company Law (Friday) - Shareholder Remedies, Corporate Governance Regulation and Insolvency
  • Environmental Law (Friday) - Public participation in decision-making

You might have noticed that my last MHL tutorial will be in less than 24 hours' time, so I'm going to spend the rest of the remaining time outside of sleeping just reading around and about. I took a look at the questions and they are relatively harder than the previous ones; the last question requires me to assess a patient's case and the amount of information provided is just astounding. I've got no clue what are the requirements of a CTO are yet, nor their legal implications, thus I honestly pray that the next 20 hours would be productively spent and stress-free at the same time :dipsy:

The two other tutorial questions, on the other hand, are much more challenging, especially for Environmental Law since the reading list given is extensive. For Company Law, it's mostly because I have zero knowledge on any of those three topics yet. Luckily I have about 2 to 3 days to complete them both :dong: Yes, don't do last minute work because the whole experience is painful - yet here I am. Go me, I'd like to be alive and happy by the end of these few days.
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Rant #1 (Wednesday, 8th December)

Taking a look at the posts that I have made here, I am feeling incredibly unhappy with them

My previous last minute exam study blog was much more entertaining and informative. I suppose one reason for that is maybe because I haven't done much lately; for some odd reasons I am severely slacking off and am running away from life too. Not to mention that my English writing and speaking skills have been hitting an all-time low, as evident in my recent posts.

I am feeling very frustrated :cry:

At the time of writing this, I am currently feeling very disgusted with myself, my brain isn't functioning properly, and the only thing I want to do is cry. When I am in a mood like this, looking at a block of text is also overwhelming. I'd want to space everything out, but when I view about them logically I know that these paragraphs don't make sense.

The main issue that I could think of at the top of my head is that: lately my sleeping schedule is incredibly whacky and this makes me want to puke. In the past three years, I rarely have had to go on through the day with little sleep. So now I am spoilt with a nice sleeping environment, better sleeping skills than me ol' teenage self, and at least 7 hours of sleep in a 24-hour span.

It may not sound troubling at all, but considering the fact that I don't normally sleep for 7 hours straight, etc., so I would spend some (a lot of) time awake in between every few hours (as little as 2) — this means that in a day I just waste so much time. I feel ridiculous. Almost everyday when I wake up, it's like 4 pm. To provide some perspective, that meant that I don't actually do anything for 16 hours every day :dontknow:

In these times I will feel unbelievably stressed-out because I also still want to have my time to relax while eating.

It is ****ing tricky as hell, but I seriously need to sort out my sleeping schedule.
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(Wednesday, 8th December) Rant #1

Taking a look at the posts that I have made here, I am feeling incredibly unhappy with them

My previous last minute exam study blog was much more entertaining and informative. I suppose one reason for that is maybe because I haven't done much lately; for some odd reasons I am severely slacking off and am running away from life too. Not to mention that my English writing and speaking skills have been hitting an all-time low, as evident in my recent posts.

I am feeling very frustrated :cry:

At the time of writing this, I am currently feeling very disgusted with myself, my brain isn't functioning properly, and the only thing I want to do is cry. When I am in a mood like this, looking at a block of text is also overwhelming. I'd want to space everything out, but when I view about them logically I know that these paragraphs don't make sense.

The main issue that I could think of at the top of my head is that: lately my sleeping schedule is incredibly whacky and this makes me want to puke. In the past three years, I rarely have had to go on through the day with little sleep. So now I am spoilt with a nice sleeping environment, better sleeping skills than me ol' teenage self, and at least 7 hours of sleep in a 24-hour span.

It may not sound troubling at all, but considering the fact that I don't normally sleep for 7 hours straight, etc., so I would spend some (a lot of) time awake in between every few hours (as little as 2) — this means that in a day I just waste so much time. I feel ridiculous. Almost everyday when I wake up, it's like 4 pm. To provide some perspective, that meant that I don't actually do anything for 16 hours every day :dontknow:

In these times I will feel unbelievably stressed-out because I also still want to have my time to relax while eating.

It is ****ing tricky as hell, but I seriously need to sort out my sleeping schedule.
Mate, there are 24 hours in a day. If you don't do anything for 16 hours and have your eating time for two hours per day, you still study for 6 hours a day, which is more than me. I have only been doing 4-5 hours of studying. The rest of the time I spend with friends and extracurricular activities. Enjoy uni lol!
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Mate, there are 24 hours in a day. If you don't do anything for 16 hours and have your eating time for two hours per day, you still study for 6 hours a day, which is more than me. I have only been doing 4-5 hours of studying. The rest of the time I spend with friends and extracurricular activities. Enjoy uni lol!
The trick question is: do I even study? Answer is no, so how I spend my time unproductively still affects me.

At this point of time, I'm trying my best to convince my lazy ass to seriously start working. Seriously. :doh:

I haven't done much today, aside from watching Jolly on YT and unrelentingly editing this thread to become aesthetically-pleasing. And obviously failing the latter. Maybe the issue is both my sleeping schedule and close-up work, because my head is hurting at the moment as if it's a new discovery.
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The trick question is: do I even study? Answer is no, so how I spend my time unproductively still affects me.

At this point of time, I'm trying my best to convince my lazy ass to seriously start working. Seriously. :doh:

I haven't done much today, aside from watching Jolly on YT and unrelentingly editing this thread to become aesthetically-pleasing. And obviously failing the latter. Maybe the issue is both my sleeping schedule and close-up work, because my head is hurting at the moment as if it's a new discovery.
I sometimes feel like you stress but you know deep down that you will be fine. You have said that being lazy in studying isn’t a problem for you. We all procrastinate..you can only do your best honestly!
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The trick question is: do I even study? Answer is no, so how I spend my time unproductively still affects me.

At this point of time, I'm trying my best to convince my lazy ass to seriously start working. Seriously. :doh:

I haven't done much today, aside from watching Jolly on YT and unrelentingly editing this thread to become aesthetically-pleasing. And obviously failing the latter. Maybe the issue is both my sleeping schedule and close-up work, because my head is hurting at the moment as if it's a new discovery.
I sometimes feel like you stress but you know deep down that you will be fine. You have said that being lazy in studying isn’t a problem for you. We all procrastinate..you can only do your best honestly!

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I sometimes feel like you stress but you know deep down that you will be fine. You have said that being lazy in studying isn’t a problem for you. We all procrastinate..you can only do your best honestly!
You have been doing well, and you will be fine in life I’m sure.
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I sometimes feel like you stress but you know deep down that you will be fine. You have said that being lazy in studying isn’t a problem for you. We all procrastinate..you can only do your best honestly!


You have been doing well, and you will be fine in life I’m sure.
Doesn't mean that I can't call myself out on my horrid practices though, it's a GYG blog after all and I have to get the money's value off this degree anyway Not that you are that wrong either, I have had to save myself in stupid situations that I have caused with my own tomfoolery, but it's this academic year's goal to overcome this harmful practice.

Aside from that, how've you been? If anything, I'm generally up for a chat if you'd like to
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Doesn't mean that I can't call myself out on my horrid practices though, it's a GYG blog after all and I have to get the money's value off this degree anyway Not that you are that wrong either, I have had to save myself in stupid situations that I have caused with my own tomfoolery, but it's this academic year's goal to overcome this harmful practice.

Aside from that, how've you been? If anything, I'm generally up for a chat if you'd like to
Urgh I got 68% in my EU Essay!! That was a close one!! Once I submit my Evidence exam tomorrow I’ll probably start my GYG Blog!
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Urgh I got 68% in my EU Essay!! That was a close one!! Once I submit my Evidence exam tomorrow I’ll probably start my GYG Blog!
See Congrats again mate, your skills aren't something to scoff at. I'll be waiting for that GYG
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Haven't been managing my time well :burnout:
(Friday, 10th December)

In an hour I would soon have my Company Law tutorial, followed by another one for Environmental Law so I might as well chip in on my upcoming awkward demise.

To be honest, I've only started doing some work on both of them literally 6 hours ago. Sounds like a lot of time but considering that I haven't even caught up to any of the lectures in these topics — I doubt that there would be anything useful that I could contribute to the seminars. Company Law especially; there is 3 topics to be discussed and I don't know much about them. Could have spent my time better, instead I wasted time debating about the NHS on TSR and chatting in on random forums. They surprisingly polished up my critical analysis skills on a whole league better than if I were to attempt past year questions though I never knew how quick I could make up fully-fleshed arguments and analyze numerical evidences until then. That has been my highlight so far this week and I think that I would continue to participate in TSR debates from now on, albeit these consequently affected the preparation times for my seminars.

Henceforth, it seems like the best I could do right now is to wing them seminars :awesome:
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Both went surprisingly fine :confused: I just avoided case-specific questions in Company Law, but managed to answer and discuss the concepts (e.g. unfair prejudice, derivative action, etc.). For Environmental Law, I was somehow able to complete the reading list right before the tutorial starts so the questions weren't that intimidating. Bizarre to think that I won't have any more seminars in these subjects, but that means examinations are just around the corner. I am intending to figure out some rough study plan, and might share it here soon.
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Update:

Both went surprisingly fine :confused: I just avoided case-specific questions in Company Law, but managed to answer and discuss the concepts (e.g. unfair prejudice, derivative action, etc.). For Environmental Law, I was somehow able to complete the reading list right before the tutorial starts so the questions weren't that intimidating. Bizarre to think that I won't have any more seminars in these subjects, but that means examinations are just around the corner. I am intending to figure out some rough study plan, and might share it here soon.
I have an exam due on the 15th at 12am for commercial and consumer contracts and I am suffering rn. No time for a GYG blog this term. But I hope you are still awake for moral support.
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I have an exam due on the 15th at 12am for commercial and consumer contracts and I am suffering rn. No time for a GYG blog this term. But I hope you are still awake for moral support.
Always will be All the best mate!
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