Nathan O’Reilly, a first year LLB student, describes his experience of starting up an email study group:
“At the beginning of my intermediate studies I was in desperate need of a study group that would help me stay on track with what was required by UOL. Skype groups did not work for me simply because they were time-consuming as well as difficult to arrange due to the differing time zones of all the students. I therefore started up my own email based study group which was open to all the intermediate law students. The main method of communication, email, allowed students to actively take part in their own time and we soon had over 50 students involved. The aim of the group was to set a weekly question for each intermediate subject which was to be answered by the following week. The ‘marking system’ was purely peer review and we each wrote reports and ‘graded’ each others attempts.
In 2012 the size of the group has shrunk significantly and we now have a group of 20 which is more manageable to say the least! Our aims are still the same however, we now submit only one essay per week for only one subject. We will also reserve time for discussions on the CLRI research essay and closer to exam time we will go over past exam papers. So far the group seems to be working well and hopefully it proves useful especially considering that exams are around the corner.
My only suggestion would be for a ‘study schedule’ to be put in place by UOL which would allow students/study groups to chart progress however, I do understand that there is an emphasis on flexible learning! Otherwise, I would have to thank UOL for providing platforms such as the discussion forums that allow us to form study groups and interact with other students!”
by Nathan O’Reilly
(Johannesburg, South Africa, Scheme A LLB 1st year)