Revising seems like such a tedious task until you find a resource that works well for you. And what better way to revise than to use your gadgets to get some self-tuition time in?
Almost every sixteen to eighteen-year-old these days has a mobile phone or tablet or has access to some form of digital product like a laptop or computer – it’s like a modern-world regulation! This alone already makes revision at least 50% easier!
Most teens own at least one gadget that they can use for online revision. Photo on Visualhunt
The ability to simply log on and access useful tools and resources at the click of a few buttons in a few brief seconds makes such a difference when sitting down to revise, instead of having to get volumes of books out (and what if, at your admission, you have left them in your locker or classroom at college?!), use pens and paper to write down notes or complete activities.
Whilst some people would dispute this and prefer to revise the old-fashioned way by decorating pretty flaschards and notebooks, technology means that we can have just as much fun online being creative. Websites appear and feel so much more interactive which adds to their appeal on a continuing basis, plus we can download long lists of calendars, notepads and other administrative programs that we can design or embellish ourselves to make them unique.
So, while we’ve established that working online in the run-up to your exams is convenient and effective, there are still some things you should watch out for or be aware of when conducting legal research.
Not every website or blog is genuine or specially designed for your course, so be sure to look for sites endorsed by colleges, teachers, the government and exam boards (i.e. those with expertise) so that you can be sure that you are on the right track. This doesn’t mean you can’t make use of personal blogs, unofficial websites or other online materials though, just be wary of how much you rely on them for your exam prep.
Revision World is a free to access online resource dedicated to students on Law programmes, offering them a range of useful notes on the following topics of the school curriculum:
As well as offering information and facts to use in revision, the site also allows students to view sample questions, follow useful links and access past papers.
Study Rocket, whilst not a free resource, is a really motivating site that is destined to stop you procrastinating.
The price of their revision help reflects the time at which you decide to start studying with them, so the earlier you get yourself in gear, the cheaper it is in the long run! For example, start during the summer and you can expect to a fee of £30-35 but leave it until after those Easter holidays and you are looking at a steep rise with the cost coming in at £80. Once you’ve paid though, the content is yours for life.
As someone who carefully studies the ins and outs of Law, we expect nothing less from you than to be prepared well in advance!
Study Rocket sees revision as being a four-part process, one which requires learning, memorisation, motivation, and application. The interactive tools and resources are clear and engaging, making revision seem a little boring than simply reading words in a book.
The biggest advantage is that it challenges you right to the end, putting forward smart questions to make you think harder about how you might answer those tricky questions in your exam when under pressure. Their exam techniques are second to none and are worth knowing about before you enter the exam period!
In addition to revision websites, applications designed for students and the general public can also be of benefit to you as a law student. Take, for instance, these free apps we’ve discovered below, which help with numerous aspects of your legal education.
On the Case and Halsbury’s Legal Terms
These two apps developed by legal publishers LexisNexis present law students access to an archive of more than 300,000 cases and an encyclopedia of 3,500 definitions of legal terms and phrases, what a powerful tool to have in your pocket! Better than any other law journal, we bet…
Replace large, heavy books with digital tools. Photo on Visualhunt
On the Case is searchable so you can look for cases by name, citation or keyword, and each case is given a status indicating how judges have treated them.
Currently only available on iPhone, students must download the LexisLibrary apps on their smartphone, open them and then click on the “academic” link to get access to the registration form. Only valid academic email addresses are accepted, then an email will be sent with login details.
My Legal Places
Although not an academic website as such, this really useful app helps you with locating the map locations and full contact details for legal entities like police stations, courts, legal agencies, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and community legal offices, which is absolutely priceless when looking for places to contact in relation to work experience at a law firm or if seeking a scholarship for subsequent law school tuition. All in all, a great insight into law societies!
CamScanner or Tiny Scanner
Relevant to all subjects, not just law, both of these apps enable you to quickly scan documents and handwritten notes into PDF images to save on your phone for future reference. You could be taking a copy of your class lecture notes, a friend’s thought processes or some published notes from someone involved in a case, but either way the tool can be a real help when revising.
Again very useful for any pupil no matter what they’re studying, this referencing tool is a great and simple way to gather all those footnotes, endnotes and citations for written essays, especially fundamental to those studying English Literature or Law who are required to make references throughout their exam responses. The app has a feature which lets you scan the barcodes from the journals or books from which you are quoting so you don’t have to do any of the hard work!
Libraries definitely have their place when it comes to your studies, but don’t rule out that very important law library… Law online! Discover more about Law topics with the help of the vast and interactive World Wide Web and its various search engines! You don’t have to know about or be recommended a particular site to make use of the Internet in your revision. You can also find out much about Law and economics and all of the other related fields by carrying out simple Google searches.
For instance, try googling keywords and terms like:
statutes, arbitration, litigation, enforcement, legislature, reform, compensation, taxation, patent, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, governance, probate, damages, intellectual law, doctrine, limited liability, public interest law, ordinance, human rights, compliance, penalty, defendant, counsel, malpractice, breach, mediation, company law, sovereignty, codification, labor law, judgment, fraud, commonwealth, settlement, jurisdiction, bar association, constitution, and more!
Also, keeping on top of topical conversations and news stories is always a good thing when in enrolled in the school of law. Not only does it help you to understand more about regulation and discipline relating to and public law, it gives you an insight into how people conduct themselves in various circumstances.
You can also take a look at our complete law revision guide.
Distractions are everywhere – the television, social media, friends, romantic connections – but it’s so important to stay focused when you revise or study.
You could tell your parents you are going up to your room to revise and then find, an hour later, that you still haven’t even started with your revision because you’ve been sucked into looking on Facebook or scrolling down your Instagram feed.
One of the dangers of using your personal phone, tablet or laptop for revision purposes is that temptation is right there in front of you.
You needn’t be too extreme but figure out a way to avoid getting distracted by your phone! Photo credit: MattHurst on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-SA
To solve this problem, why not use a family laptop or ask to borrow your mum or dad’s tablet to use. Failing that, think hard about what it is you want to achieve on this course and take the mature step to switch off your notifications whilst you revise or to simply ignore texts and other notices that appear on your devices. After all, what is more important? Your friends will still be there at the end of your course but you won’t get a second chance at your A Levels!