You have been diligent about your studying. You followed a schedule, listened to all the lectures, completed a bunch of practice exams and took note of the feedback you received on those practice exams. Now it’s a week before the bar. Suddenly, your drive and motivation seems to wane. Should you panic? How can things fall apart so badly when you are in the final lap? But have things really fallen apart? I don’t think so. [Read more…] about It’s Time to Relax and Get Some Sleep
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I know this likely isn’t news to most of you, but working while studying for the bar exam can be a challenge. You have to balance work obligations, family obligations, and still find time to get in some quality studying. Not easy at all! But one of the first things to go when folks start trying to balance work and study time is sleep. And this can lead to some disastrous results. What kind of disastrous results? [Read more…] about Warning: Working and Studying Can Cause Sleep Deprivation!
Thus came my typical question: “How much are you sleeping?” Her response: “The alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m., so I am getting no more than five hours a night.”
For most of us, this just isn’t enough. I personally need much more to be at my best. So if you have to pick between a few more hours of studying and more sleep what do I recommend that you choose? Sleep.
The bar exam is scheduled to take place in the morning, and you need to know whether to cram a few more practice questions in? Or, do you brush up on the Rule Against Perpetuities? Do you have your mnemonic for the hearsay exceptions down cold? Also, don’t forget to relax, and breathe, and whatever you do, don’t stress!
Basically, the night before the exam can be a difficult time for many test-takers. The reality that there will be no more opportunities to study, no more practice exams, no more rehearsals, can be daunting. For me, I was fine preparing for most of my practice exams, because I knew full well that these were simply practice.
Arriving to my hotel before the bar exam and realizing this exam was for all the marbles—that was scary.
Here’s what you need to know about making the most of the night before your bar exam.
The bar exam is right around the corner, and I’m definitely not panicking… I am taking the Michigan bar exam for the first time and suddenly my bar prep has dwindled down to the last few weeks prior to the exam. I took the month of the exam off of work (I worked after graduating while also prepping) so that I could focus on getting ready for the most important exam of my life! If you are like me and DEFINITELY not panicking, here is a day in my life while studying for the bar exam in the final month of bar prep. I hope that by giving you a look into my daily life studying it can help you in your bar prep adventure. [Read more…] about Bar Prep Perspective: A look into a day of bar prep life right before the exam!
Another graduation season is upon us and much like the 2020 graduates who accepted their virtual diplomas via Zoom, the 2021 graduates are an exemplary assembly of students who have had the tenacity to make it through a very difficult curriculum in the midst of a pandemic.
If you’re a 2021 law school graduate, congratulations! Your resilience has not gone unnoticed, but please remember you are human, and your resilience can burn out.
Therefore, the purpose of this post is to give you a gentle reminder that breaks are essential to rebuild your strength, and that you should absolutely take one between your graduation and the start of bar prep season.
Still need some convincing? Here, are three reasons why you should take a break between graduation and bar prep. [Read more…] about Three Reasons You Should Take a Break Between Graduation and Bar Prep