What's the point of reading cases?

One question I get asked a lot is "why do I need to bother reading cases?" It's a good question. Why plough through 30 pages of a lengthy judgment where different Law lords put forward conflicting, and potentially confusing views, if you don't have to?

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Exam tips

Here are a few practical tips to ensure that you get the best out of yourself in an exam. 

1.      Read the instructions at the top of the paper carefully. Usually you will need to answer some questions from part A and some from part B and mistakes can be costly.

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Tips for coping with exams

Lots of people get in a terrible state worrying about exams but, frankly, it’s not worth it. It really helps to keep a cool head in the exam, so panicking is counter-productive. Just remember it’s not the end of the world if it does all go wrong – your loved ones won’t perish, the sun will still rise tomorrow and the dog, frankly, won’t give a damn. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do all you can to prepare, and prepare well but, once you have done that, there’s no point worrying about it. You will do far better if you approach the examination room in a positive frame of mind, so here are a few good things about exams:

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Good Timing!

As the old song goes “You gotta have timing……”  and when it comes to exam time, nothing could be more pertinent. Poor timing is one of the most common reasons for disappointing exam results, particularly amongst very capable students. It’s just so easy to get your timing wrong. You are well prepared, you look at the paper and select the questions you will answer; typically you will have to answer 4 questions in 3 hours, which gives you about 40 minutes max per question by the time you have made your choice. Sometimes you will be afforded the luxury of 15 minutes reading time first, then you have a whole 45 minutes per question but, either way, it’s not that long!

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I spend a lot of my time marking assignments from distance learning students and I make notes to myself as I go along, which I then have to translate into (hopefully) legible feedback. One of most comment notes I make is ‘ATBQ’ – answer the b****y question!

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, by far one of the most common causes of disappointing marks is the answer that fails to properly address the question. We’ve all done it, especially in exams.

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