One of the biggest struggles I have faced while studying for the bar exam during the COVID-19 pandemic has been remembering substantive law. Like many 2020 bar exam takers, I was scrambling to figure out What to Do When Exam Dates Were Pushed Due to Coronavirus. Suddenly my 8-10 week preparation window was pushed to 14-18 weeks. Like many of my classmates, I was already 50% into my commercial bar exam course when the cancellations were announced. Ultimately, a series of unfortunate events in my personal life forced me to take 3 weeks off of studying, so I was grateful to have a little breathing room. But having reviewed all of the federal material prior to the break, I came back to studying with over 500 flashcards I had previously made but no memory of the learning I did while actually making them. No matter how many times I reviewed my flashcards, nothing stuck. And I was getting bored. [Read more…] about Using Anki Flashcards to Study for the Bar
The October online administration of the bar exam, bringer of heightened anxieties, first of its kind, was painful. That might have been the understatement of the century (see: woman goes into labor during the bar exam for more details). I wanted to do a quick debrief immediately after the exam. Given the state of the pandemic currently, it is possible we will have more online administrations in the future. I was one of the lucky ones: apart from a few pre-exam hiccups, I did not face technical difficulties like some of my fellow examinees. Here’s what it looked like for me.
Everyone told me that bar exam preparation in general would be a drag. Even after I mentally shifted into bar prep after graduation, 2020 has been a rollercoaster physically and psychologically.
Now let’s talk about how this affects my bar preparation. Our July bar exam was initially postponed to September 9 and 10, which meant that my 8-10 week prep has been extended to 14 weeks. As someone taking a commercial bar exam course, I am lucky to have a schedule of to-do items that updates every time I leave an assignment unfinished. But my entire preparation so far has just been a combination of me getting ahead, falling behind, playing catch-up, and eventually burning out. I have been so overwhelmed each week with the never-ending assignment load. After finishing a day’s work, I am generally too exhausted to review material I have already learned. It has been a cycle that I know isn’t working, but I can’t stop because I don’t have time to try a new process. If you’re someone prepping for the bar now, does this sound familiar? [Read more…] about Keeping a Bar Journal