Happy holidays! Whether you are traveling to see family and friends this holiday or having a quiet celebration at home, the holidays are a time to relax, spend time with the people we love and enjoy ourselves (at least that is how I feel about the holidays).
However, if you are studying for the bar exam, it can feel like your holidays are highjacked, miserable and full of bar exam study books. Does it need to be this way?
If you are studying for the February bar exam, we are about two months away from the exam. Although some of you may feel like this is a very short amount of time, in reality, it is a good length of time. In fact, some folks who will be studying full time haven’t even started studying yet!
If you forego all holiday celebrations to study, you are likely to be sad and perhaps even a bit depressed.
We talk a lot on this blog about your bar exam mental state. Know what isn’t a great mental state to study? Being sad, lonely and depressed! And if you turn down all holiday celebration options, you might just find yourself feeling blue. And when we are feeling blue, we aren’t at our best and the studying you will be doing likely won’t be the most productive. Being sad and miserable just isn’t worth it.
Remember, it is important to give yourself permission to take a break and be happy.
The bar exam is just a test, it is not the end of the world. You can still be happy while you study for the bar exam. Sure it is not fun, and sure it can be stressful. But take a moment to reflect on what is really important — and to most of us it is spending time with people we love and care about. You can still study for the exam and take time to see the people you love. And being surrounded by love and holiday cheer may just boost your spirits and help you come back to your studies refreshed and ready to be successful.
For those working and studying, the holiday can give you an opportunity to get in full study days, which is great. But you still have time for some holiday cheer.
If you are working and studying for the bar exam, you might feel like the holiday break is finally a time to study without other work distractions. This is true and something you should embrace, to a point. But you should still take a few days off to spend time with friends, family and loved ones. You aren’t going to fail the bar exam because you didn’t study on New Years Eve. That just isn’t how this exam works! So set up a reasonable schedule, find some balance and make your study time as productive as possible (so you can take a break and enjoy yourself).
How are you handling studying over the holiday?
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- Studying Over the Holidays – Yay or Nay?
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