Category Archives: Notes

Preparing for the Dispute Resolution Exam

Hypothetical Notes
Accessibility should be your guiding principle whenever you’re making exam notes. Thankfully when it comes to Dispute Resolution, the chronology of a dispute also conveniently doubles as a potential top-level structure for your hypothetical notes. Instead of an old fashioned table of contents ripped straight out of your Reading Guide, consider dividing your notes into each step of the dispute resolution process. Within each step you can pull together all the relevant issues and considerations for that step, in addition to extracted legislation, rules, and case notes. Continue reading

Taking Effective Lecture Notes

Lectures can take up a significant amount of time that could otherwise be spent studying. If you are attending lectures, then, it makes sense that you should try to be getting the most out of them. Fortunately, there is plenty of research on how to write more effective lecture notes, improve recall of lecture content, and use lectures to improve performance in exams and assessments. Students who take notes during class are better able to recall the lecture than those who don’t. The research indicates that there are two main ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of lectures: active listening and revision. It is also worth thinking about how you are taking notes. Continue reading

Preparing Exam Hypothetical Notes

There are a variety of methods for preparing exam notes, so how you choose to develop yours is ultimately be up to you. Beginning preparation early is advisable, as it will give you plenty of time to experiment with different formats. Remember that no set of exam notes is a substitute for a good knowledge of the subject as a whole – they exist merely jog your memory.

Here are a few methods of preparing exam notes to get you started. Continue reading

Taking Notes on Cases

How to Take Notes

The separate parts of the case described under ‘Reading Cases’ should all be included in your notes. The exact formatting and order of these components is up to you. Although these facts are critical to your understanding of the case, there are other elements which should generally be included. These include, for example, the jurisdiction, the court, and the names of the judges. You may also wish to draw pictures which represent the key facts of the case – this can aid recall of the case. You may wish to record your comments on the case as you write your notes. Several common methods of note-taking are: Continue reading

Reading Cases

Cases should not be approached in the same way that you would read a book. There are two stages to reading a case – pre-reading and reading. Often you won’t really understand a case until you start writing notes on it, so you may consider note-taking to be another component of the reading process.


The first steps of reading a case require you to get a feel for the judgments. Continue reading