Preparing for Cases

Luis G - T'13, March 29, 2012 | 0 comments
Tags: advice, first year, academics

Perhaps this is a bit early to think about but I’m sure there are a few admits wondering how to prepare for case studies.  My first piece of advice is to not underestimate the time it takes to prepare for a case.  It’s one thing to have read it and one thing to have prepared and analyzed it.  In speaking with my fellow classmates, I’ve heard students taking three hours to prepare.  Other students have told me about an hour.  Preparing for cases with your study group is both allowed and highly encouraged and is a great way to hear the thoughts of others.  Reviewing with your group is also great way to recall what you have read.  Most importantly, taking the right approach to case study analysis will prepare you for your case-based final exams and will prepare you for the dreaded cold call.
Honestly, there is nothing to dread about a cold call.  A cold call will keep you on your toes and keep you attentive.  Trust me; the professor will call you at the exact moment you lose focus.  Spend time on the case and you have nothing to fear.  If all else fails, don’t sit in a seat that is most likely to get called.  I have provided a couple of different color-coded seating charts to help you based on classroom observations.  The charts are not to scale and are provided for entertainment purposes only, or are they? 


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