I have previously taught Tort to sixty first year undergraduates at the University of Warwick. Below I have included some tips for exam strategy that are based on common questions I have received from students.
• Don’t try to learn everything!
When deciding what topics to focus on think about topics that are (i) discrete, (ii) that come up regularly in past papers, and (iii) that your lecturers have emphasised this year.
Also, you might want to consider looking in detail at topics that are current, or where there have been new developments. Focus on key cases that have been emphasised throughout the year. Think about what cases would be most useful to you in the context of answering an exam question on a particular topic.
• Don’t panic about problem questions
Remember that structure and being systematic is critical to your success in exams. Make sure that if you have a problem that is based on negligence, you used the method we discussed in dealing with each potential claim. i.e.:
o Is there a duty of care? If so on what grounds?
o Has there been a breach of duty? If so what authority e.g. standard of a reasonable driver (Nettleship v Weston), standard of a medical professional (Bolam etc).
o Did harm occur as a result of the breach? (on the facts)
o Is the damage that occurred recoverable? Was the damage of a kind that is foreseeable? (cc. Wagon Mound No. 1)
• Practice makes perfect!
Use your remaining time to focus on completing questions from past exam papers. Complete them to time to get an idea of how much you can reasonably write in 50 minutes. If you don’t feel you can answer all aspects of the question don’t stop- do what you can do with your present knowledge. If you can, try to team up with some other people from your seminar group and compare answers. Then go away and learn the information you felt you needed to answer the question properly. Having done this, pick another exam question on the same topic and repeat the process.
Materials for Seminars/revision:
Full transcripts of recent cases are available via the module homepage. Please click here
The Explanatory Notes for the Defamation Bill 2012 are available here
Past exam papers:
Formative Essay 2012
Formative problem question 2013
Feedback sheet- use this to understand how to set out your answers to problem questions.
Remember the key to achieving high marks is adopting a systematic approach to considering each claim.