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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, July 9, 2018

2 Weeks Left of Studying for Bar Exam

Bar Prep is in the stretch run.  The finish line is near.  Congratulate yourself for making it this far.  You only have 2 weeks left!

I know most students are burned out by now.  However, don’t let that feeling take over.  Work hard for the next couple weeks to fully prepare for the exam.  You can still get more points the next couple weeks. 

Don’t worry if you get tired.  Everyone is exhausted at this point.  Stay positive the last couple weeks.  Positive thinking will help you learn the material better and is the only way you can beat the stress of the last few weeks.  Everyone is stressed right now, and you are not alone.

In the last couple weeks, I have a few suggestions:

  1. Take a break this week.  You need to take it.  Your brain cannot go non-stop for 14 straight days and retain everything.  You need to relax so that your brain will catch up to all the studying.
  1. These last couple weeks focus on memorizing the law and practicing questions.  You will study each subject 2-3 times in the last couple weeks.  Memorize as much law as possible, and then, do practice essay questions.  Also, keep doing practice MBE questions to increase your score through the exam.  You want to peak on exam day, so continue to improve up to the exam.
  1. Switch study methods every 45 minutes to an hour. Doing one thing for too long gets boring and retention decreases.  Passively reading an outline for 3-4 hours won’t work.  Memorize for 45 minutes.  Do a set of MBE questions.  Spend time reviewing the questions.  Memorize more material, etc.  Active engagement of the material is critical, especially the last couple weeks.
  1. Lastly, know you can do this. This is a hard exam, but you have a JD, which is a huge accomplishment.  Tell yourself every morning, “I will pass the bar in 2 weeks!” 

The marathon is almost over.  Keep up the hard work through the end of the exam.

(Steven Foster)

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