When I took the California bar exam (long enough ago that it was still three days), I packed my own lunch each of the three days. I don’t remember what I took each day, but I do remember the first day was (1) a peanut butter and jam sandwich on whole wheat bread; (2) a bag of fresh blueberries; (3) a cookie; and (4) a bottled sugary sports drink. I also took a couple of energy gels as snacks for before the exam started, the ride home, or whenever else I might need them. [Read more…] about Why I Packed My Own Lunch For The Bar Exam (And Maybe You Should Too)
You’ve made it to the night before the bar exam! You’ve studied hard, taken care of yourself, downloaded the bar exam software, and packed for exam day. You’re ready right? So what do you do with yourself, on this last night, to set yourself up for success over the next two days? [Read more…] about What to do the Day Before the Bar Exam
Study strategies for the bar exam are a controversial topic—possibly even more controversial than law school study strategies. Everyone has an opinion! And many claim their way is the only path to success. Hopefully, through the course of law school, you have realized that there are a variety of study strategies and the most important thing is finding what works well for you.
This applies to flashcards as well. Flashcards do have identifiable advantages. Some people find just making them to help in forming connections and internalizing information. But their greatest benefit comes from using them to test yourself. Repeated testing has been shown to improve recall, and flashcards are an effective way to test yourself.
If you’ve found over the course of high school, university, and law school that flashcards are an effective tool for you, here are four things you can put on flashcards, and four ways you can use those flashcards in studying for the bar exam:
You’ve been studying hard for the bar exam, you’re deep into memorization and sample essays, practicing self-care, and getting plenty of sleep. Maybe you feel like you have everything under control, and maybe you feel like you’re just barely keeping your head above water (that’s ok, most bar exam takers feel this way from time to time!). Regardless, here’s a productive study break you should put on your calendar at least a week before the bar exam: preparing for exam day.
There may not be a single right way for everyone to study for the bar exam, but there are certainly good practices and mistakes to avoid. Given the limitations on time most of us face in studying for the bar exam, it is important to weed out bad habits early and not waste time on studying mistakes. Here are six common mistakes to avoid for a more productive bar exam prep: