7 January 2015

Time

TIME Regular readers of my blog will know that back in October I decided to go back to university in order to study a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Essentially this is a course for those who wish to take a career change into law but at the time do not have the necessary requirements, i.e. a law degree. As you can imagine topping up to a qualification that is recognised at the same level as a law degree (which takes around three years) in just nine months is no mean feat and has been one that I have being battling against every day since October.

Looking back my time management was actually very good, especially at university whereby I studied and worked at the same time as well as running A Little Boat Sailing from my second year onwards and yet still managed to achieve a degree qualification that to this day makes me proud. Fast forward to the present day however I can categorically say that studying law at such a fast pace is leaving me feeling pretty inadequate to say the least. It is hard, unbelievably hard and even though I was told how intense the course would be nothing really prepared me for just how true those words would become.

If you've been to university yourself you'll be aware that you study around six or seven modules a year, let's say three in one semester and four in the other for instance. The GDL however has you studying seven a week which is quite a difference to my previous degree and has been something I've had to try and get used to pretty quickly.

Time therefore has become even more important to me since starting my course and yet seems to be slipping through my fingers by the minute. Days are flying by, weeks fleeting past and before I know it I've found myself at the first day of my very first exam which is tomorrow; I'm not exactly petrified but I'm a little nervous to say the least. I'm not now exactly sure where I was going with this post; I guess it was just an insecure ramble and nerves coming through! Exams have never been my forte; I was most definitely a student that favoured coursework as it allowed me time to be thorough and methodical with my work whereas I've never really seemed to get the knack of revision down.

So it's now too late for my exam looming tomorrow however I have six more come May and June so if you have any pro revision tips knocking around then please leave them in the comments below.




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  1. Good luck for tomorrow Amy, I'm sure you'll be fine! I'm hopeless at revision, never got the hang of it, but flashcards and spider diagrams in pretty colours are my pro tips :) if you can make notes of the key points for each topic as you go, it's so much easier to just refresh your memory come exam time!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Good luck! Just relax and try not to let yourself get too stressed about it. I've never been an exam person either, I'm much better at coursework, but flashcards and reading my notes out loud has always got me through :)
    Sally xx

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  3. I'm got my first university exam next week and I'm very nervous about it as well! I am trying to relax and study well :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Good luck! I'm just starting my last semester of grad school, so exams will be coming up sooner than I know it. All the best during your studying.

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  5. Wow good luck with that. I just finished Uni and didn't like my degree so last October I enrolled in fashion school and love it and feel it's more of my passion. Hope you all the best with your degree and your exams.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  6. I admire you so so much and I'm wishing you the best of luck! Since you really want it, I'm sure you're gonna make it sooner or later! It won't be easy, but when it's over, you'll feel so full and proud!
    I'm not the right person for advice though, after 5 tough uni years of studying, I had a break for almost a year and now I really can't concentrate on my graduate essay to get the degree... :(
    That's it, I close the browser and I go for sketching right now!

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

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  7. I wish you good luck and I will hope that everything will go well for you ^^ I know myself what it is like to study 7-8 and sometimes 9 subjects during one semester, it is hard! Wish you all the best!!!

    Z ♥
    http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

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  8. Good luck lovely!!! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!! All the best!!!

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

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  9. The best of luck Amy - I know it's hard! I'm in my final year now studying Spanish, Russian and European studies and I'm on 5 modules and 17hrs a week. We'll do this together!


    Isobel x
    isobel-rose.com

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  10. Good luck with your exams! I did Law at AS-Level and that was hard enough for me. I wish I had some proper revision tips for you. The only thing that really helped me was copying my notes again and again. I'd copy them, read the notes back, then try to write them again without looking at the notes. Lather, rinse, repeat.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  11. This is exactly what I want to do! I'm currently in my first year of a History degree, but have always wanted to do law. So many lawyers however told me not to do a law degree, and do something that you enjoy and convert later, because otherwise you spend 3 years of your life studying theory over getting hands on experience (they also said most of the cases you study won't help you in practice because they can be so old!).
    Good luck this year, and use the feeling you'll have when it's all done to keep you going! :)
    - Jem x
    Jem's Blog

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  12. Lots of admiration for doing the course your on, sounds really tough! I'm doing A2 levels at the moment which seem to take up all my weekends but I'm just looking forward to the summer :) good luck xx

    http://www.prettythingsbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  13. Good luck Amy! Just wait until you start the LPC...! Having finished it in 2013, I have heaps of tips. Just let me know! :) Where are you studying?

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  14. Studying is definitely something i struggle with, especially if it's for a language class.
    For my psych classes, i find re-writing all of my notes helpful. It's tedious but allows me to feel more organized and forces me to read all of the material we've learned thus far. Then i go through and memorize them, maybe space it out like four pages a day. Revision takes me forever, but that works for me.

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  15. Good luck lovely. My exams are coming up soon too x


    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. good luck! Unfortunately I'm not very good at revising but if you ever need any tips on procrastination then I can definitely give you some of them! x


    http://herprettystateofmind.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. I don't know exactly how university works in the UK, but I do know that here in Australia we get a big specific lists of things that are/are not examinable. We go through so much content and a lot of it isn't even on the exam, it's just a "good to know" type thing - so if you have this guide, really stick to it, it's tempting to study EVERYTHING but sometimes it's not at all necessary and you can cut the workload down!

    Also, at my university our exams are derived from a database and these databases are used to make our practice exams as well. So do as many practice exams as you can, because you never know, you might come across the same questions!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  18. I know what you mean when you're studying a tough degree, time just flies by! I remember when I had to do six 3-hour exams during my last year of uni and I was terrified! I literally locked myself in the library for two months. I wish you the best of luck with your exams, you'll do amazingly well! :)

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord

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  19. Time can definitely feel as though it's escaping you, but it will all be worth it in the end. I wish you the best of luck for tomorrow, and your future!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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  20. Good luck with the GLD and the exam! I'm doing a regular llb course, which is time consuming enough, and we all cannot imagine how you do it!

    Katie xo
    ktmyblog.blogspot.com

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  21. Good luck! I was considering doing this but I'm not sure how I'd cope with the workload. I'm sure you'll do wonderfully though :)
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  22. danniella josephine8 January 2015 at 20:04

    Aww Amy! *big hug* I hope it went ok. I know the GDL is really tough. I think you've been coping with it really well. Don't apologise for having a ramble, sometimes it's good to just let everything out! I'm always here if you fancy a natter :)

    Dannie x

    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  23. That seems like an incredibly tough course! I'm really impressed :) Wishing you the best of luck!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  24. Well done for keeping on top of it thus far! Having graduated with a non-law degree last summer, I'm seriously considering the GDL and am impressed that you've managed to keep going with your blog and balance independent and course study all this time :) For my finals the best thing I found was just to do as many closed-book practice papers as I could get my hands on - at least 2 or 3 questions per day! Good luck lovely, I'm sure you'll ace your January exams. xx

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  25. Good luck with your exams and congratulations, you are doing brilliantly and you should be incredibly proud of all that you have achieved both academically and on a little boat sailing :)
    Phoebe - www.phoebetea.co.uk
    xx

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  26. It's so wonderful that you've decided to go back to study! It sounds very hectic but I know it will all pay off in the end! Good luck with all your work and exams <3


    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  27. Charlotte Greenhalgh10 January 2015 at 14:37

    Good luck with your exam sweetie, how is your course going? Kudos for keeping on top of things, I know how hard law can be with the boyfriend doing his law and LPC degrees and he has always said how hard yet rewarding it is. One thing I found really helping was little cue cards/notes so that I could flick through them and sometimes read aloud so that it stuck in my mind :)


    xxxxxx

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  28. Thank you Jess! Flashcards are going to be my best friends I think come May x

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  29. Fingers crossed I got through this time haha! Thank you Sally x

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  30. I hope it goes well for you Emily :) xx

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  31. Thank you so much and all the best to you too Whitney :) x

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  32. Thank you so much Jackie! I hope you're enjoying your course so much more this time round :) x

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  33. Thank you Diana :) I sure do hope so as it has been quite a long hard road already! I hope you enjoyed your sketching! :) xx

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  34. It sure is hard indeed! Thank you very much xx

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  35. Thank you so much Zoe! :) xx

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  36. Oh my goodness, I was always so bad at languages! Thank you and good luck to you too! x

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  37. Thank you so much! I used to copy stuff over and over again at school too, I think I'll have to try that technique again x

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  38. To be honest I have heard the same although I only heard that after I started the GDL. Thank you so much and good luck to you if you decide to go for it too :) xx

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  39. Oh the summer, I cannot wait! Good luck for your A Level exams and thank you :) xx

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  40. Oh thank you, I might come calling haha! I study at BPP University :) x

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  41. I was soooo bad at languages at school. Re-writing notes I think is the way that works best for me too although I still feel like I never know anything! Thank you for the tips :) x

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  42. Thank you so much and good luck to you too Lily :) x

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  43. haha I'm an expert in procrastination!! x

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  44. We don't get a list as such although sometimes lecturers will point out things to pay extra attention to as it 'might' just come up in the exam, aka it will. Practice questions really help you're right x

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  45. Thank you so much! I know that feeling completely, I should at the moment be studying land law however I'm replying to these comments instead...uh oh! x

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  46. Thank you so much and yes all my exams are around that length I think, madness! xx

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  47. Thank you so much Heather :) xx

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  48. I wish I had done an LLB or at least done this part time as it is so fast paced! Thank you so much and good luck to you too :) x

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  49. The workload is crazy however it would help if I had my time balanced properly too in all fairness. You can do this course part time which would be so much more manageable xx

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  50. Thank you so much! I have no idea how it went but I don't feel very confident at all unfortunately, if I have to resit I'll be gutted as I've never failed anything before :( x

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  51. Practice papers are super useful you're right! Thank you so much and if you ever want to know more about the GDL you know where I am :) x

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  52. Thank you very much Phoebe, that's really kind of you xx

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  53. It is crazy but hopefully it'll be very rewarding. Thank you Jordan :) x

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  54. Thank you Charlotte! The course is ok but there is just no breathing space, I want to blog (I also work) and of course have all this studying to do. It'll be nice to sit down and watch a bit of a TV series and not feel guilty about it once my exams are out of the way with. I'll be making heaps of cue cards for sure! xx

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  55. ninegrandstudent12 January 2015 at 21:54

    Good luck! I do a maths course, so it's a bit different - but I always try and do lots of practice questions as opposed to reading and notes! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  56. I'll definitely be doing lots of practice questions! Thank you and good luck too x

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  57. Im looking into going back to studying and i know its going to be difficult balancing work too but determination is key right? I hope your exams are going well my lovely! xx

    http://dressedandunpolished.blogspot.co.uk/

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  58. It sure does help Hannah that's for sure. Thank you very much and good luck if you go back into education :) xx

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