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Thanksgiving and Turkey VS. Textbooks

After months of immersing yourself in coursework and cases, Thanksgiving break affords you the freedom to relax for a few days. Or do you?

Exams are coming, which means you’re likely in the final throes of preparing. This means any time spent on the couch watching football is time you could be spending reading and taking practice tests.

No one wants to spend their Thanksgiving break studying, but it is a necessary part of the law school experience. And even if you say you’re going to keep up with your reading over the break, family obligations, dinner with family and friends and the allure of a little relaxation will likely be too much to ignore.

So why not follow these five tips and get the most out of the break as both a student and a regular person?

Be realistic
Maybe you think you can afford to ignore your studies. Maybe you need to use every available minute to study.

Find a happy medium. If you’re doing well, set aside a couple of hours each day to review materials and ensure you don’t lose any momentum. If you’re not doing well, set aside four hours a day and stick to the plan.

Make a list and check it often
With exams coming up, you’ve got a lot of material to review, read and understand. No matter how hard you try, there’s no way you’re going to get to it all over the break. Instead, focus on the most important materials. Make a prioritized list of the things you must know, want to know and would like to know.

Start with the items on the “must know” list and work your way down.

Is studying more important than hitting the local hot spot on Thanksgiving’s eve? Is the football game more important than Torts? Only you can know for sure. But decide early and stick to your guns.

Set boundaries
Your friends and family will be excited to see you. They’ll want to talk about law school–all the time. Make sure to set clear boundaries. When it’s social time, socialize. When it’s study time, tune them out.

Sleep early and often
As much as you may be tempted to do so, don’t burn the midnight oil–not at the bar or with the case book. Get a lot of sleep. Exams are coming up and you want to be well-rested.

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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