Getting ready to take the bar exam? Here our top ten study tips to help you make the most of your bar prep!
- Eliminate other sources of stress – It’s no secret that studying for the bar exam is stressful. To the extent you can, eliminate or minimize any other sources of stress in your life so that you can really focus on bar prep over the next several weeks.
- Manage your anxiety – It’s normal to feel nervous about taking the bar exam, but you don’t want to feel so anxious that it impacts your ability to prepare or your ability to perform your best during the actual test. If you struggle with test anxiety, reach out to us for help in managing your nerves so that they don’t get in the way of achieving success.
- Follow the study schedule – The Conquer the Bar study schedule you received is specifically designed to help you achieve success on the bar exam, so stick to it! Make an effort to complete all the assignments to ensure that you’re fully prepared going into the bar exam.
- Review past Essay and MBE questions – There are only so many ways that legal issues are tested. Reviewing past essay questions and MBE questions will reveal what issues are most commonly tested and show you how the bar examiners like to test each issue. The more practice questions you review, the more likely you are to see a similar question on the actual exam.
- Take practice tests and complete practice questions – Practice really does make perfect, or at least passing! Complete your scheduled practice tests under exam like conditions to help you evaluate your progress, identify strengths and weaknesses, and improve your stamina. Additionally, complete as many practice MBE questions as you can to sharpen your test-taking skills and help you master this tricky section of the exam.
- Keep a list of what you don’t know – After you’ve completed all those practice MBE questions and essays, be sure to take the time to thoroughly review the answers. Reviewing any wrong answers or missed issues is your opportunity to figure out what you don’t yet know and start learning. Keep a running list of all the rules and concepts you didn’t know and review it periodically to make sure you don’t miss those rules on the actual exam.
- Study during test hours – If you can, try to study during the hours when the test will be administered so that you get used to focusing and working hard during that part of the day. That means that night owls may need to adjust their study schedule and those who are working will need to make an extra effort to study during the day on the weekends.
- Go the lecture site – We know it’s tempting to watch the lectures on double speed on your laptop in the comfort of your own home, but you’ll get a lot more out of these presentations if you watch them live. Attending the lectures on-site will help you stay more engaged with the material, remove distractions, and force you to get up each day and start studying at a consistent time.
- Take care of yourself – Bar prep requires stamina and focus, so it’s important to take care of yourself over the next several weeks. Eat healthy, get a good night’s sleep, and be sure to take some periodic study breaks to help you rest and recharge.
And the last but most important bar exam study tip:
- DO THE WORK! – The bar exam is hard. Even top students from elite law schools will fail the exam if they don’t prepare. You are entirely capable of passing this exam, but to do so, it’s essential that you put in the hard work necessary to prepare. Commit to your study schedule and do the work so that you can feel confident walking into the exam.