By Meriam Ahmed, Nasma Al Sabe, Dana Aldhuwaihi and Nazma Aktar
Overview Learnmore consists of 6 different categories, each with information which would be beneficial to law students trying to complete their degree successfully. It is especially helpful for beginners. It contains tutorials and learning materials which make a law degree seem appealing and interesting.
Exams This category helps law students prepare for exams. This reduces stress and anxiety that the majority of students face when under pressure Provides useful tips, which guides students on how they can achieve to the best of their ability
Moots Mooting may seem intimidating and daunting, especially for first year law students. However Learnmore makes mooting seem more approachable and encourages students to participate. The interactive posts on the website motivate students who are timid to break out of their shell and join the mooting world.
Research This category invites students to approach research in a more positive manner by setting the first steps to assist students in looking for the required journals and books they may need. Learnmore simplifies the research by providing a guide for students. It provides a virtual map of the Law Library and details how to get the best out of the materials on offer. It also shows students how to tackle the sources of law which can be confusing to the untrained eye.
Newbies This category is favoured by beginners and gives them reassurance that there is a huge support system in the background willing to help out when required throughout the year. Everything is broken down into easy and simple steps which makes it much more approachable and less daunting for students who are just beginning their law degree.
Writing A law student should be assured of the fact that their degree will require a large amount of reading and writing. This section of Learnmore helps with essential tips and skills which would be required to produce an acceptable standard of writing, or even basic note- taking skills.
Careers The careers section is one of the most useful and helpful sections on Learnmore, as it shines a light on the dark tunnel of what comes AFTER the degree. Different types of experience and practices are detailed, providing the students with a large array of information which will no doubt be beneficial in the coming years, regardless of whether they decide to pursue a legal career or not.
Improvements? As helpful as this site may be, there are naturally going to be disadvantages as well. Although the structure and layout make it seem straightforward and clear, the sheer amount of reading required to get through the website could be rather off-putting and tedious to any student wishing to get FAST help. A student may lose their focus easily. The important detail could be made more obvious so students know where to look.
There is also a lot of regurgitated information. What you read in one section is what you will largely find in another section as well. The repeated detail could be removed. Some of the information is rather general and applies to all the sections, and confuses the student. This could all be avoided by placing the same information in the same folder, reducing the clutter on the website. Some of the information is vague – note taking tips, for example, can be found virtually anywhere on the internet, and the Learnmore section on it does not offer any new techniques which are different to what is mentioned in every other website. The advice could be made more LAW SPECIFIC as opposed to general information.