Hypos are a great way to test your knowledge on a subject. You can make up your own hypos or take fact patterns from old exams of your professor’s. Either way, learning the material and how it applies to different fact patterns is critical to surviving exams. I’ve always had a hard time keeping hypos straight in my head. When A does this to B and C sees it…..blah blah blah.
Last year, I came up with a better way to learn the material through hypos. I changed A, B, and C to Mike, Cecelia, and Sulley. Or Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Stepmother. Or Alice, Cheshire Cat, and Mad Hatter. It’s so much easier to keep track of who is doing what to someone when it’s actual people and you have a physical person to link with the person. For me, it was so much easier to learn about battery if Mike was mad at Sulley for stealing his girlfriend and he hit Sulley but almost his Cecelia instead. (battery, assault hypo). Plus, writing about a character doing something crazy is just more fun!