Most students know that bar prep will be a long, tough haul. Here are some common struggles you may encounter while studying and some strategies to help you overcome them.
“That was the worst time of my life!” This is an all too common refrain from lawyers when they think back to the months just prior to the bar exam. While it’s true that studying for the bar exam won’t be the most enjoyable experience you’ve ever had, neither does it need to be a cheerless, monotonous slog. In fact, with the right strategies in place, you can actually be happy (or at least not unhappy!) while preparing for the bar exam. [Read more…] about How to Have a Happy Bar Prep
“Practice makes perfect” may be cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true! Behind any great performance are many hours of hard work and practice. Your performance on the bar exam will be no different – in order to do well, you must devote significant time to practicing the material and skills tested on the exam. [Read more…] about Taking the Bar Exam? Start Practicing Now!
There’s a lot to do when preparing for the bar exam: watch review lectures, read outlines, memorize rules, essays, MPTs, MBE questions…I could go on. And that’s just the study component of bar prep! You also need to ensure you’re approved to sit for the exam, keep your laptop in working order, figure out where to stay on test days, and of course, eat, sleep and manage the other aspects of your regular life. [Read more…] about Want to Set Yourself Up for Bar Exam Success? Take Control of Your Own Learning!
It takes a combination of persistence, self-confidence, fortitude, and of course a lot of hard work, to pass the bar exam. While you may start bar prep brimming with these positive qualities, maintaining that same level of motivation throughout 2+ months of intense (and, let’s be honest, usually boring) studying isn’t easy. Every student preparing for the bar will experience moments of self-doubt, anxiety, and fatigue leading up to the exam. If you’ve had a series of low scores on practice questions or are really struggling to stay on schedule, the negative feelings may be even more acute. For those times when your motivation is lacking or your confidence is waning, you have to find a way to refocus your energy so that your study plans don’t get derailed. A proverb from the Talmud states that “a quotation at the right moment is like bread in a famine.” When you’re struggling with bar prep, a meaningful quotation might be just the pick me up you need. Here are a few of my favorite quotes to help you stay motivated during bar prep: [Read more…] about Quotes to Keep You Motivated During Bar Prep
There’s no doubt that failing the bar exam can feel devastating. After investing so much time, effort, and money into law school, it may be difficult to accept the fact that you didn’t pass this final exam. It may take some time to process what happened, but eventually you have to come to terms with the results. Establishing a definite plan for what you will do next can help you make peace with the outcome and move forward in a positive way. As you’re contemplating your next step after a bar exam failure, you may want to consider if any of the following paths are right for you. [Read more…] about 4 Paths to Consider After a Bar Exam Failure