Today I offer yet another approach to reviewing – I’ll call it “transformations.” The idea is to transform the material presented in one format into a different format and engage your multiple intelligences in the process. Here are some examples:
Linguistic intelligence. Make a list of the most challenging concepts and then write a coherent paragraph on each of them as if you are explaining the concept in an article. Find the most efficient ways to describe legal tests, rules, standards, so that you don’t have to waste time and words when you take an essay exam.
Logical-mathematical intelligence. Play with fact patterns and causalities. Start by analyzing a hypothetical, and once you have your solution, change the facts. Ask “what if” and observe how the changes in the fact pattern influence the outcome. List all the assumption you make as you are analyzing the situation. Verbalize every step in your argument.
Musical intelligence. Create musical jingles or rhymes to aid your memory. Record yourself speaking on the subject: your voice will reinforce the retention.
Spatial intelligence. Pick a topic in your outline and rearrange it into a flow chart or a table. Create a mind-map of what you have read.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. Listen to legal opinions while walking around campus. Do some repetitive movements as you study: you can juggle, do squats, pace around your room. If you feel creative, try molding a piece of clay as you are learning a concept. Here are more tips for kinesthetic learners.
Interpersonal intelligence. Participate in a study group. Explain the concept you are learning to somebody who has never studied law, answer their questions.
Intrapersonal intelligence. Be a reflective learner. Take time to figure out what works best for you and capitalize on your strengths. Ask yourself:
- On the scale 1 to 10, how well do I understand this topic?
- What are the most challenging aspects of the material?
- What can I do to learn it better?
- What resources help me most?
- How do I know that I have done enough?
Naturalistic intelligence. Are there any similar laws, principles or categories that you can observe in the natural world?