The bar exam is less than one month away, and right around now is when the real fear and anxiety about the test start to set in. Your MBE practice tests aren't going as well as you hoped, and sample essays are taking you down. Or everything is going just fine, but you've convinced yourself you're going to fail anyway. Take a deep breath, and check out the below tips on getting through the next few weeks of studying.
1. If you don't have a schedule yet, get one immediately.
And by schedule, I don't mean merely showing up for BARBRI each day. A month seems like a long time to study for one little test, but with the sheer amount of knowledge that you're expected to retain-and distractions like email, summer BBQs and whining from fellow bar studiers fighting to pull you away from the books-it's in your best interest to set up a daily study routine. When planning your schedule for the next month, consider both how much time you should spend on each subject and how many hours each day you need to finish all of your outlining, practice testing, reading, and reviewing for each subject. Prioritize the subjects, and schedule your time appropriately.
2. Be Steady.
Remember those all-night cram sessions and paper-writing fire drills from your school days? Forget it. This isn't school-it's your professional future. So, you should approach the bar exam as a professional: for the remaining weeks, studying for the test is your job. Keep a steady, disciplined pace over the next month. Go into that exam knowing that you prepared yourself the best you could.
3. Stop listening to everyone else.
He's got a stack of 1,000 flashcards and has already taken every multiple choice question in the PMBR books. She has outlined all of the topics-including those not yet reviewed in the bar review course yet-and spends 15 hours a day locked in the library studying.
Who cares? They aren't you, and what works for them might not work for you. You've been going to school for 20 or so years now; you've probably figured out which study methods you prefer. Whether those methods include flashcards, outlining, study groups, flow charts, or something else, choose your tools and get going. That's not to say you can't consider other people's methods, but you definitely should stop comparing yourself to others.
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