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GDL: Revising for the EU exam

For many GDL students, the Christmas period will inevitably involve revision for the EU exam. Although this is assessed as a multiple choice question test, it is still important that you revise thoroughly. Here are some tips to help streamline your revision.

Break your revision down into topics

Before you start revising, have a good idea of the broad topics that will be assessed. In summary, they can be broken down into 5 main areas:

  1. Free movement of goods
    • Articles 28 – 30 and 110 TFEU
    • Articles 34 – 36 TFEU
  2. Free movement of persons
    • Articles 20 and 45 TFEU
  3. Freedom of establishment
    • Articles 49 – 55 TFEU
  4. Freedom to provide services
    • Articles 56 – 62 TFEU
  5. Competition law
    • Article 101 TFEU
    • Article 102 TFEU

Within each of these 5 topics, you can further break these down into groups which relate to relevant Articles of the TFEU. Once you’ve mapped out these broad topic areas, you can approach your revision in a more structured way.

It might help to make a list of each of these areas to ensure that your revision covers all the topic areas. It will also help you hone in on which topic areas you are less comfortable with.

Learn the case law

You will come across some MCQs which require factual details on some of the cases. As a result, it is a good idea to know the basic facts behind the main cases.

As a general rule, the cases which you will need to know are those which appear in the powerpoint/lecture slides. Additionally, some questions may ask something along the lines of: ‘Which was the first case that established the ___ principle?’. It therefore helps to know the order in which cases were decided so you know how the law developed.

One way to aid learning case law is to use flashcards. Check out our post for a detailed guide.

Do practice questions

The VLE will always contain many practice questions for you to attempt. Once you feel like you have a good understanding of a topic, try doing some questions under exam conditions.

Testing your recall and your application of the law will help reinforce your learning. Don’t worry if you don’t do very well, it’s important to make mistakes so that you can learn from them. If you get a question wrong, go back to the topic and understand where you went wrong. This process is just as important for your revision as the initial learning phase.

If you have the time, go back to your tutorials and attempt the questions again. Hopefully, you will have made good tutorial notes from which you can assess yourself.

I’m sure you will have been told that learning to apply the law is just as important as knowing the law. Because of this, practicing scenario-based questions is one of the best things you can do to prepare for the longer-form questions in the exam.

Use flowcharts

You may have noticed that much of the EU exam can be summarised into flowcharts. Some of the PowerPoint slides will have diagrams/flowcharts/trees to help you.

I would recommend you make your own flowcharts to help you revise. The process of making a flowchart helps to organise your thoughts and as a result, helps you to learn the content better. It will help you to link the stages in the process of answering a question.

Once you’ve learnt a flowchart, you can apply it to any situation, working through the flowchart as you go. This is hugely advantageous when applying it to scenario questions in the exam.

I would recommend draw.io or MindMaster for creating digital flowcharts. Here’s a quick example of a flowchart for fiscal barriers:

EU Fiscal barriers flowchart

Download a free pdf copy of this flowchart below:

Good Luck!

Good luck with your EU exam revision! Whilst there’s work to do, make sure you do take some time to relax and eat some good food!

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