GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin,
2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
The truth of the matter is your answers will probably substantially differ from other students…
Well, I’m right in the middle of exam season and I’m feeling every bit of it.
Today I took my Professional Responsibility exam. After the exam was finished I overheard a few of the students complaining about how difficult a portion of the exam was. It instantly reminded me of one of the greatest pieces of advice I heard my 1L year:
When I first heard that tad bit of advice, I thought it was a bit much, but, after my first set of exams, I clearly understand the premise.
Once you’ve taken an exam, especially a challenging exam, your heart, mind, and soul are speed racing. When you add the commentary of other students (who are experiencing the same intense feelings), there is bound to be the perfect mental storm filled with doubt, comparison, uneasiness, and despair.
The truth of the matter is your answers will probably substantially differ from other students, but that doesn’t mean you were necessarily “wrong” or “right.”
Inevitably, people will ask you about the exam, but I try to refrain from going down the rabbit hole of seeing whether my answers paralleled someone else’s. Personally, I tend to go overboard with it. I don’t even review my notes after the exam to see if I answered a question correctly. It just keeps me sane.
So, if there’s one bit of advice I could give you to get through the last bit of exams, it’d be that. Don’t get stuck comparing exam answers after you’ve taken the exam.