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This can be difficult to do with law school, but if you have a free weekend and some time to catch up on a subject you think you have weaknesses in, this is a great opportunity for you to solidify your foundation for that subject. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged study session. Read an outline, do some practice questions, anything!
Don’t study into all hours of the night. Leave time for relaxation and leisure on the weekends so you don’t go crazy. Along the same lines, stay healthy. Get as much sleep as possible, exercise, and take time to prepare nutritious meals.
For most people, sticking to a tried-and-true study method will serve them well during bar prep instead of trying out all sorts of different “fad” study strategies, which may be more distracting than helpful.
Also, don’t be afraid to deviate from the bar company’s study plan if you know a different approach works better for you – trust yourself, be consistent in doing the work, and make honest evaluations about your progress as you go along to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Barbri is pretty good. Their lectures are a bit long, but worth it. The essay practice seminars are EXTREMELY important. Do not neglect. AdaptiBar is another good one to use. Bar Secrets is helpful for essay questions. Dr. Saccuzzo has REPEATEDLY successfully predicted the essay questions on the bar. The predictions are free. Bar Secrets is very helpful with essay questions.
Read sample answers. Learn to grade objectively so you can grade your own essays without bias.
Do not go over on time for any essay or the performance test on test day. Do not get bogged down on a handful of MBE questions. It is not worth it. Give each part of the exam your full attention. Complete the task in front of you and then move on. Don’t look ahead and don’t look back. Just put one foot in front of the other and march to the finish line.
Visit the bar exam location before test day to get familiar with the area. Put together your pencils, pens, and other testing materials. Make plans for getting to the exam, packing lunch, etc. Choose your lodging carefully! Make sure you have a comfortable, quiet place to stay each nigh within walking distance, or with convenient and easy access to the exam location. Pack a healthy lunch so you won’t have to fight the crowds or stress during break time. Have ear plugs on hand. Make sure you have a reliable laptop and don’t forget your charger!
You can’t get points if you don’t find the issue. When you are reviewing model answers pay as much attention to the issue outline as you do the rule statements and analysis paragraphs. This will help you see what issues are grouped together so you don’t miss anything.
Managing stress levels and avoiding burnout are as critical as learning the material itself, and allowing yourself sufficient rest also helps with retaining all the material you’ve been studying.