When I was studying for the bar exam, I found the amount of paper I was collecting for each subject a little overwhelming. As I continued to review more and more subjects, I started to get concerned that I might actually lose or misplace some materials.
To remedy this, I put my organizational skills to work and built a bar binder. And I am glad that I did! Once the binder was built, I never wasted any time looking for an outline or attack plan as everything was all in one location. I was so proud of my bar binder that I passed it around to friends taking the bar after me—and they added in their materials. Quite a few people have found bar exam success with my bar binder (which is now well worn from much use, I might add).
You, too, can take control of the paper chaos surrounding the bar exam by putting all your study materials in one place.
I promise, you will be glad that you did! You will feel more in control than if you are constantly searching for your materials or looking through disheveled piles of paper.
So what goes into the bar binder? Your study materials—outlines, attack plans, mind maps, flow charts, you name it.
That’s it? What about all of those other notes/outlines you have been collecting? Lecture notes, commercially produced outlines, downloadable outlines you found online? Leave them on a bookshelf. At some point you must convert them into your own study materials. And you should study for the bar exam using your own study materials, not just materials that were made for you by bar review courses.
Alison also had a great suggestion for organizing materials. She recommends using Circa notebooks because you can easily move pages around—they are designed for flexibility. Check them out!
So get on over to the office supply store, grab a binder and some dividers, and start simplifying! Take the multitude of study materials and organize them. Doing so will make you feel better, more in control and better prepared as you continue to get ready for your exam.
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Wonder what should go in the bar binder? Check out this posts on making your own study materials.
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