Preppers, just breathe. You are half way there. Now is the time to take an assessment of how your studying is progressing.
The Bar Exam is about points. Remember, you cannot be tested over everything in the limited amount of time that you have to take the bar exam. Although a two to three day test is exhausting, it is not enough time to test everything you ever learned in law school. With that said, study smart, your energy is precious.
Below are a couple of tips to make sure you are on the right track.
- Use headers when writing on the bar exam, period. Remember the graders are people and you want to make their job as easy as possible. If you are discussing whether Jon or Susan is liable, keep it simple and consider the header Jon vs. Susan. On the MPT, if you are asked to write an argument section of a brief, then literally write Argument as a header before you start your argument. A header tells the reader, “I am discussing this now.” Don’t make them guess.
- Only answer the question asked. Again, this primarily applies to the writing portion of the Bar Exam. Pay attention to the call of the question. You will not get more points for answering questions not asked.
- Stop doing what does not work for you, seriously. I know it feels risky to deviate from the predetermined schedule provided by your bar prep course, but you have to do what works for you. My bar course instructed me to read the outline before and after the lectures. I did not have that kind of time. Further, I preferred a condensed outline book that I borrowed from a friend who used another bar prep program. I used that outline book and only read it once before watching the lecture. Some people stop watching lectures. Take an honest assessment of what is working for you and adjust accordingly.
- It is not too late to purchase additional resources. I did not start using Adaptibar or my Critical pass flashcards regularly until about a month out. There are other additional resources, however I only used Adaptibar and Critical pass flashcards. Do some research and ask around; you will be surprised what you may find. See related post Bar Prep Resources I USED.
- Avoid negative people. I think it is very important to speak what you want over your life. Be extremely careful about what you speak over your life. Do not pay attention to the statistics that claim you are destined to fail because of your grade in Evidence. There is nothing you can do about your Evidence grade at this point. If you are going to believe the statistics then why sit for the exam?
- Do not feel guilty for investing in yourself. I had an epiphany in law school. Students should always take a prep course for every standardized test, beginning with the ACT/ SAT. It is not a waste of money to adequately prepare yourself for an exam. These test do not test your intelligence, but how well you take the test at hand. Also, do not feel bad about doing what you need to do while you study for the bar. For some, this means quitting their jobs; for others this may mean eating out more frequently because you do not have time to cook, let alone grocery shop.
- Surrender to the process. It is not fun and that is okay. If you have made it this far, then you know how to study. You know what you need to do to retain the material. Be gentle with yourself and breathe.