COACH’S ADVICE – Rémi Raher, head of tutorials at the University of Nantes and author of numerous textbooks, delivers five tips to validate this year’s license brilliantly.
The first year of Law can be dangerous. New methodology, many notions to assimilate, very different pace of work than the high school … Rémi Raher, doctoral student in law and tutor at the University of Nantes, quickly realized that novice lawyers had need benchmarks and advice failing: only 40% of students pass the first year of license.
In 2011, he launched a website where he published summaries of his TD and methodology sheets. He is also the author of the Chronique guide of a law student – my advice to get your L1 by taking pleasure(edition Enrick). “I developed the juriswin methodology that allows students to know all the fundamentals of the methodology of law and to master all the exercises, be it the dissertation, the stop comment or the practical case”, explains he.
We must focus on the methodology, even if the bottom is not excellent because it counts for seven to nine points in the scale. As an instructor of TD, I have already put the average to students mastering the methodology, even if the bottom left to be desired; and poor grades for students who had worked but did not apply this methodology. So with the methodology and a little background, we make sure the average. In any case, the bottom comes with the method.1. The methodology is your passport for the second year
2. You have to think outside the box
The first year at university can be confusing because we are less supervised. It also means that we can work as we want. For example, some students do mind maping , which can be effective. This freedom must be used, whether in note-taking or revisions.
3. Make good use of your time
Watching the full Ally Mcbeal series is not revising (laughs). At the university semesters are short but also more intense. My advice is to start reviewing during long vacations, including preparing for TD. When I was a student, I made revision sheets on my way home, after classes and they did not even serve me because the simple fact of having revised the concepts twice in the same day was enough. I also advise to engage in a student association, it can help develop its network and find an internship thereafter.
4. Exploit its managers
TD staffers are seeking exchanges with students and they themselves are important sources of information. For example, before an exam, the student can ask what will be the scale, what will be the test, and the instructor can give indications. This saves time. The charge can also advise you on books to read, references. You have to take advantage of this because contact is easier than with lecturers. This allows especially to comply with the expectations of the responsible who will correct your copy.
5. Dedramatize because it is not a matter of life or death
It is necessary to relativize. For example, the choice of options is not decisive for the master. Better to choose the option that interests you. In first year of law, nothing is at stake. It is less serious to repeat the first year than the master 1. This will have no impact on the future.