The Catholic University of America

     

How to Prepare for  Open Book Exams

 

                                   

 vs. Closed Book Exams

 


The preparation is…. surprisingly almost the SAME!

 

-Create an outline

 

-Memorization of the basic structure of the course 

 

-Create a checklist of topics/issues

 

 -Cementing into memory the “categories” of the course, which rules of law are relevant to categories, what fact patterns trigger a particular category/ topic/ rule of law

 

-Pre-write answers to anticipated essays (for open book exams they can be brought INTO the exam room if there are no professor guidelines prohibiting this)

 

-Making sure to memorize not only the rule of law including all the sub-elements

 

 

 

DIFFERENCES WITH OPEN BOOK EXAMS

 

-  Make sure your outline has a table of contents and tabs so you can find the information you need quickly

 

-Professors often expect more in-depth analysis including numerical citations to Code provisions in a Code course