Aergia wrote:Wtf is going on in this thread. OP gave some pretty innocuous and reasonable advice. He basically just said you should really engage with the material when doing the usual shit you're supposed to do rather than thoughtlessly plugging away. Get your heads out of your asses people.
People are railing at OP here because his post is causing some serious anxiety for 1Ls.
For any 1Ls still reading: don't fret.
You don't have to have studied your balls off all semester to get a median grade. Outline your class, filling in the blanks for classes you missed, take some practice tests, and you will be fine.
It takes a lot to fail out
of law school, especially a school like Drexel. The OP's grades likely weren't forced that low by a curve--they were probably discretionary grades. Meaning, his exams answers were so bad
that a professor elected to give him a failing grade even though that's not required.
The warning of "I didn't study hard enough, so if you want to not fail, you have to study harder than I did!" is nonsense. Unless the OP is taking some creative liberties with the meaning of "did some practice exams and hypos along the way," people who take bad notes, make an outline, and do some practice exams along the way will land around median. They certainly won't fail out.
You have to work hard for an A, or an A+ if that's possible, but you really don't have to work that hard to stay in good academic standing.
Also, "research, writing, and discovering complex solutions to complex problems" is nowhere near necessary for good 1L grades. The only research you will ever do during 1L is for your LRW class.
This is also pretty terrible timing for 1Ls, since exams are drawing near for those in a semester system school.