News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Tips for Getting Work Done at Home

There have been a number of articles recently about getting work done/studying at home. After reviewing them, we’ve put together this list of top ten tips to help you:

  1. Study actively: Ever lose your train of thought while studying or have to read a paragraph over and over? You are not alone. Try actively studying by asking questions about the subject before, during, and after studying.

  2. Have a designated study area: even if you don’t have your own home office, designate a specific place that is your study area.

  3. Have a schedule: While you don’t have to do your work at the same time every day, it’s important to have a schedule and stick to it to avoid wasting the day away.

  4. Eat and sleep right: Stressful situations can cause you to lose sleep and not eat right. It’s important to get enough rest and eat well for maximum studying effect.

  5. Use caffeine wisely: The best times to charge up are between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. This goes for coffee or your caffeine of choice. So why not early in the AM?  The body naturally produces cortisol in the morning, which helps us to wake up. Caffeine messes with our cortisol production, making us more dependent on caffeine.

  6. Use a timer or something similar to set a period of time to get work done. An alternative to a timer is a load of laundry running through the washer or dryer.

  7. Exercise: Even if you don’t have exercise equipment at home, there are plenty of videos available online—YouTube has a ton of them. Also, housework can get the heart pumping.

  8. Get dressed: just like you would if you had to go to school for class or the library for studying. By getting up and getting ready for the day, you can help to set the tone for making it a productive day.

  9. The Rule of Three: The Rule of Three says that you have to get just three things done. Make a to-do list and put only the next three things you have to do on it. Give each of those things a good crossing-out once you finish it (make it satisfying). After finishing those, create your next list.

  10. Ask for help if you need it. Whether it’s help with schoolwork, your health, or needing someone to talk to—just do it.

Meditation & Yoga Videos on Our Mental Health Guide

Water lilyWe’ve updated our Mental Health and Well-Being guide to include a selection of fabulous videos for meditation and yoga. The videos, which were suggested by C|M|LAW Development Manager Ashley Presutto, are led by Adriene Mishler. Mishler is actress, writer, and yoga teacher from Austin, Texas, whose yoga sessions are some of the most searched for workouts on Google. We hope you enjoy the videos, and that you get the chance to include meditation and yoga in your regular self-care during the Covid-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Law Students

We’ve updated our Mental Health and Well-Being guide to include some good COVID-19 mental health resources from the American Bar Association and the CDC. The ABA has put together a nice guide geared specifically toward law students, as well as a more general one for the legal profession. During these difficult times, try to take some time daily to attend to your own mental health and overall wellness.

Science-Based Wellness Tips

In a recent Washington Post article, a psychology professor and therapist offered some thoughtful (and science-based!) wellness tips that we thought would be nice to share with you as you attend your first week of online classes at C|M|LAW during the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a summary of the tips, with some of my own thoughts thrown in:

  • Acknowledge and accept that you’ll have negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger.
  • Create new routines for yourself, but don’t over-rely on distractions like Netflix or gaming.
  • In your new routines, incorporate a regular schedule for sleeping, meal times, and grooming, and stick to it.
  • Take advantage of the situation and learn something new (something non-law related that has always piqued your interest but you never got around to doing).
  • Readjust what you need to do to create regular self-care that includes exercise, healthy eating, and regular socializing.
  • Schedule a self-care day for yourself and treat yourself to something (or many somethings!) really nice.
  • Enjoy nature any way you can. Get out for a walk or even look outside at the trees. Houseplants count as nature as far as I know…
  • Look for the positive. We may all become more resilient, more gritty, and more self-reliant with potentially closer personal relationships on the flip side. And I guarantee everyone will be masters at online learning.

Check out the law library’s Mental Health and Well-Being Guide for additional resources.

Source: Jelena Kecmanovic, “A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis,” Washington Post (March 16, 2020). Fulltext link


Anxiety and Depression Screening Day Tomorrow on Campus

Law school can be a stressful environment for everyone – the CSU Counseling Center can help!

CSU’s Counseling Center is hosting an Anxiety and Depression screening day tomorrow. If you or someone you know is struggling, have questions, or want to learn more about resources, this is an opportunity to seek support from our CSU Counseling Center team. The event is open to CSU students, faculty, and staff.

The event takes place on Tuesday February 25, 2020, in the Student Center Ballroom between  11:30 AM ~ 1:30 PM.