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Week of February 5, 2007

Learning From Exams

Receiving your grades may have left many of you shocked or bitterly disappointed. Although I'm generally speaking about first-year students, I think a few second-year students are also upset the relaxed curve didn't help out as much as they hoped. Reviewing an exam where your grade was not as high as you expected is a great way to find areas for improvement. This handout contains helpful advice and tips on how to use your exams to improve your skills.

Late Pick-up for UPasses

U-Passes are available for pick-up in the Registrar's office. If your card was not available during the initial distribution, you will receive an email when it arrives.

ASP Small Group Petitions

The Academic Support Program (ASP) is designed to ensure that all students at Chicago-Kent College of Law develop the skills to succeed academically. The program provides valuable information to all students to empower them to become effective learners. The program also provides additional assistance to students who may find law school especially challenging.

The ASP Small Group Sessions are one aspect of this program. The Small Group Sessions provide the opportunity for a limited number of students to improve skills necessary for success in law school by providing coaching from teaching assistants. These weekly one-hour meetings are not review sessions of class material; the lessons focus on skills enhancement in the context of the class subject matter.

Although participation in the program is voluntary, if you are accepted into the program, you are required to attend all small group sessions offered each week. Day students must attend all three meetings each week, while evening students meet twice each week. This attendance policy is required to provide continuity to the small group sessions.

Once last semester's grades are submitted and grade point averages have been calculated, we will send letters to a select group of first year students inviting them to participate in the ASP small group sessions. Students who do not receive invitations can petition to join the small group sessions.

For the spring semester, petitions will be accepted from students who grades are below 3.0. Students who meet with guideline and are interested in joining the small group sessions should submit a written petition to Dean Sowle. If you were in ASP during the Fall semester, you will not be automatically enrolled for the Spring and will need to complete a petition if you intend to continue your participation. For the spring 2007 semester, petitions are due by February 9, 2007. Petitions can not be completed until after grade point averages have been calculated. Check out the ASP website for the petition and to learn more about the program.

Other Helpful Links:
Academic Support Program
Law School Survival Guide
Student Health Insurance FAQ
U-Pass Information


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