What to Do if You Get Behind in Your Reading

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Law students have to read a lot of cases for each class. Sometimes we get behind. When I was a 1L in my first semester, I got behind in my reading. I spent a few weeks trying to catch up. The problem was, I was always reading a week behind what we were covering in class, so I wasn’t ready for class. This resulted in me not fully understanding the class discussion, so I felt even further behind.

Here’s the tip: For now, skip the reading that you missed and read what you need for class this week. Then on a weekend or sometime when you have time, go back and read what you skipped. This way you will be ready for class and can at least not get further behind.

Although there are times when this may not work — such as when you must read last week’s reading to understand the fundamentals of the topic covered in this week’s reading — most of the time this works very well. And even if you don’t fully understand the topic, at least you will know the cases your professor is talking about. If you don’t even know the facts of the cases your professor is talking about, you will probably be getting very little out of class.

So if you are behind in your reading try this. Place a bookmark where you stopped reading. Skip ahead to read what you need this week for class. And come back to the section you skipped sometime when you have more time.

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