For the last 8 Sundays on my little blog, I’ve been reviewing, posting and discussing fiction books.
I can’t believe it’s been 8 weeks!
This week, to do something different and to mirror what is going on in my personal life, this Sunday Book Club is about compact revision guides/books. I’m sure you know the type that I am talking about – smaller books designed to encompass an entire syllabus and aid revision. I’ve been using these types of books since GCSE and I have kept all of them – from science and maths, to sociology and most recently my university modules. It is the latter that will be the focus of this post.
I don’t have all of the books with me, only a few that I have for my third year of uni and two remaining from my second year. The remainder are at my mothers house.
Most of the revision books I own I was either given to by my school, bought via eBay or bought from a student in the year above me. For the books that I will talk about in this post, I bought them from a girl in the year above me with other core textbooks.
Throughout my degree studies these books have proved more than useful. They’ve saved my ass during last minute cramming before exams and even during essay writing. These books have broken down complex legal concepts, or even cases, into a shorted, more disgest-able chunks of information.
As I progress through the year I reach for these types of books more often than the core textbooks. I reach for them when travelling between my uni home and my home home (where my family are). I reach for them when I feel guilty for neglecting university work and even for a toilet read.
Enough backstory, now to move on to reviewing and examining the books I do have with me. For organisational ease, I’ll seperate the books into those I used in my second year and those which I am currently using.
- Second Year:
Let’s start with my LawExpress EU Law By Ewan Kirk. This claims to be a Law Revisiom best seller, was published in 2015 ( the Edition that I have) and has an average rating of 3.6 on GoodReads based on 10 reviews.
LawExpress is published by Pearson Education Limited and has a companion website to “take your revision further.”
Studying EU law wasn’t the most particularly interesting module I’ve looked at and at times it became complex. This revision guide helped clear some questions up as the exam neared.
Next we have the Tort Law Concentrate by Carol Brennan. This is a collective of books published by Oxford University Press by a number of different authors.
Inside this book was concise summaries at the end of each chapter as well as clever little QR codes to access further information via smartphones.
This particular book was a bit dull not for the content itself but in comparison to other books in this collection which bring in colour, as you’ll see shortly.
– This is a petty remark I know but looking at black and white writing repeatedly is mind numbing and hurts my eyes.
- Third year:
I have two family law revision books but they are by no means the same.
Family Law, 2013 and 2014, by Ruth Gaffney-Rhys and co is a black and white Q and A that is different from other revision material. This helps visually aid you in structuring answers, and unlike others includes references. Lack of references in revisions books is the biggest drawback in these types of books, the give you a basic understanding but not much in the way of pointing you in the direction of material which you can reference.
This Q and A book stands out for this reason.
The last two books are for Equity and Trusts and Family Law. They are part of concentrate range similar to the Tort Law one from earlier. However, unlike the Tort Law they include colour which breaks up the dull of reading pages full of black and white writing.
These books are by no means a divine work that will grant you a 1st classification but they are helpful, they’re not as expensive as other books on the course may be and they are much easier to carry around.
Overall rating: 5/5 would definitely recommend – a student’s must have.
Side note : Writing this blog post is a complex form of procrastination as it’s based on my studies but has not furthered them in any way.
That’s all for this Sunday Book Club, next Sunday I have a review planned for the 20p book I’ve purchased before – see here.
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love Emily x