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25 Study Tips for Legal Studies | HSC, VCE


  1. – Practice Writing Short Essays

    The big marker in the final exam is writing an essay. Focus on content and structure on possible essay topics.

  2. – Memorize Content

    Its no surprise there is a lot of content for legal studies. But memorizing content is the best method. It is impossible to memorise every single piece of information although there are techniques you could use to help out.

  3. – Check Syllabus

    Use the syllabus as the ultimate guideline of what you should be studying. Understand that these are the questions you will be assessed on in the final exam and throughout all of your assessments.

  4. – Collect Newspaper Articles

    Don’t panic. I meant online newspaper articles. Free and lots of websites are available to broaden your knowledge about law related cases occurring in Australia. Really focus on cases and media.

  5. – Focus On Your Weak Areas

    Make a list of each subheading off the syllabus, go through each in detail and focus on the topics that identifies as the weakest areas.
    For me the struggle was legislations, the long titles had me stumped!

  6. – Look at Previous Legal Studies Exams

    Previous exams are available online and completing these are a great way to get a feel of what to expect when you sit the exam.

  7. – Be Engaged in Current Affairs

    It will come in handy to relate the content your learning in class and identify how this correlates with current affairs. There are so many topics that pop up daily on the news.

  8. – Revise Content Each Week

    This will ensure that you are not cramming information when it is the lead up to the final exam.

  9. – Create Acronyms

    This helped me out a lot! Large amounts of texts saturated into smaller words will be easier to memorise. E.g. NGO = Non Government Organisation.

  10. – Knowledge and Understanding

    As seen in the syllabus these are the two key principles that are incorporated in the test. For each topic introduced you should really understand what you are studying, rather than just knowing the definition.

  11. – Create Flashcards

    Create Cards with information on them e.g. have customary law on one side and the meaning on the back so you can first attempt and check or get a friend to use this to test you.

  12. – Get Family To Test You

    Type up some Q&A’s and get your family members to test you out. Doubles up as an educational game!

  13. – Take Notes In Class

    Not everything will be given on paper and what the teacher is talking about is important!

  14. – Engage in Discussions Regarding Current Affairs

    During class your teacher will outline some current affairs e.g. same-sex marriage, it is important to engage and form an argument which will support most of your essay writing.

  15. – Stay on Top of Assignments & Homework

    Best thing is to start early and section into smaller bits of work, so your not stumped at the end. In doing this you will develop a better understanding as well.

  16. – Be Super Organised

    It’s so important to keep on track when things are due. Especially with all 5 units the best thing is to enter in your calendar certain days when assignments are meant to be submitted.

  17. – Create Weekly Goals

    Take what topics are introduced in class each week as a weekly goal. Aim to achieve a better understanding as each week goes to avoid overloading information in the lead up to the final exam.

  18. – Diagrams/Charts

    Simplifying some big content based topics into simple diagrams help out, creating a more visual learning environment may be the approach you need to remember certain parts of a topic that you struggle in.

  19. – Writing Rather Than Typing

    I do feel that writing down helps memorize information better than typing it out. It has been a tactic that has worked for me regarding most of my theory-based subjects.

  20. – Ask Your Teacher Questions

    If you don’t have access to a tutor or someone with experience in the legal field, it is best to ask your teacher anything your unsure about.

  21. – Have A Dedicated Time Slot for Legal Studies

    A consistent study program is ideal to succeed in this subject. Seriously you can’t just learn everything at the end of the year before the test. Each week apart from classroom studies you should incorporate 2-3 hours in addition at home.

  22. – Get a Study Partner

    Studying with your friend can make it a little bit more enjoyable! Completing this in a library is ideal to minimise distractions.

  23. – Test Yourself!

    During the last few weeks it is critical to test your own knowledge, this has worked for me for all of the subjects I have took. Going through all of the content continuously helps, especially breaking it down into smaller parts of work throughout the course.

  24. – Balance It Out

    Never forget to keep a healthy balance between study and social aspects. Don’t overdo it!

  25. – Challenge Yourself with Current Cases

    My last tip would be to challenge yourself with previous cases and be able to recall legislation and precedents for similar cases, if you can complete this task your set to go!

Author: Nikki Rames

Nikki Rames

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