Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Final Stretch

The last week of bar exam preparation is upon us.  While everyone studying for the bar exam will need to spend their precious last days slightly differently,all bar applicants need to focus on staying positive and prioritizing their individual study needs.  One size does not fit all.  Here are a few helpful tips to assist those in their final bar study stretch this summer.

  • Make a plan for your last week and stick to it.  Prioritize your weaker subjects and/or the sections of the exam that are most difficult for you.  Try to gain a minimum level of competency in each subject area and on each section of the exam.
  • Clear all non-essential tasks from your schedule.  If it does not involve essay writing, MPT practice, or MBE review, do not do it.
  • However, it is best to incorporate some physical activity into your day even if it is a just a short, brisk walk.  Leave the library or your study area to get some fresh air at least a few times a day.
  • Remember that memorization is necessary but without practice, memorization is futile.  Memorize, practice, and evaluate your progress.
  • Remain positive!  Tell yourself daily or even hourly that you can do this.  Find strategies to stop negative thoughts.  Think about prior graduates who passed on their first attempt, think about all of the long hours you have put into your study, and, most importantly, believe in yourself.  Repeat out-loud:  "I will pass the bar!"
  • Although nothing seems balanced right now, try to maintain a balanced diet.  Make good food choices and stay away from the empty calories.  Load up on protein and stay hydrated.  This will help you stay focused, give you lasting energy, and keep you healthy for your big week.
  • Spend 12-14 hours each day studying but do not forget to take care of yourself.  Sleep is essential.  Do not miss out on the regenerative power of a good nights sleep to learn more about the rule against perpetuities. 
  • Ask for help when you need it.  There are many resources available to you.  From friends and family to your law school and bar prep, everyone is invested and committed to helping you achieve success on the bar exam.  Reach out, we are here to help!

 

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