Let’s be honest— studying for the bar can feel like a drag sometimes. The great news is that there are learning methods out there to help you get through those bumps in the road.
Studies show how listening to podcasts can improve your health and well-being while also helping you learn. Tuning into podcasts reduce stress and anxiety, and engages you in the learning process. Such podcasts can serve as a learning tool to supplement and enhance your studies.
Moreover, podcast usage has been shown to improve exam scores after listening on a given topic. I have benefited from utilizing podcasts for learning in a pain-free way by reviewing a Constitutional Law essay with the guided help of the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast.
Here are some of the benefits of and ideas around podcast usage:
A helpful benefit of podcast usage is how accessible and convenient they are. They range in duration from only a few minutes long to over 15 – 30 minutes. Depending on what you are looking for such as a short clip of enriching information or a lengthier conversation on a given topic—there is almost certainly a podcast out there for you.
Another bonus is that you can do other activities such as driving, exercising, or cleaning while listening and learning. If your lifestyle requires you to be out or commuting and about then the ability to tune in whenever you are and no matter what you are doing makes learning easier.
Here are some podcast usage ideas to consider as you prepare for the bar exam:
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Tune into podcasts that can help you strategize and prepare for the exam. Consider tuning into a study strategies-related topics to get started such as Health and Wellness University’s “Bar Exam Game Plan” and the Bar Exam Toolbox’s “Learning through Mistakes in Bar Prep.” You may be interested in general advice around exam-taking. The Exam Study Expert Podcast – Exam Study Expert podcast addresses how to learn more and study more efficiently.
Additionally, if you are taking a bar exam course, check to see if they have a podcast available.
Your brain needs a break every once in awhile. Having effective coping strategies is especially important as a law graduate studying for the bar exam during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic concerns and changes. Mindfulness includes meditation for stress reduction but also while you are walking, jogging, and even studying. You can learn more about the different ways you can recharge through the Radio Headspace podcasts which include topics on “Learning How to Rest and Relax” and how to practice “Mindfulness in Everyday Life.”
When you are studying, it is easy to look at lawyers who have overcome the bar exam and forget that they may have faced their own set of obstacles to get to this point. Similarly, athletes have their own unique stories about their journey to the top. It may look so easy from far away but tuning into their stories on podcasts like Trained by Nike’s “How to Stay Focused When Your Plans Don’t Go As Planned” with Allyson Felix can teach you a lot from a public figure’s life experiences. This podcast was especially helpful for me as a bar exam retaker during the height of the pandemic—I needed the inspiration to help me move forward from delays, and disappointments and ultimately get back on track.
Many of us during law school did not learn about adopting a growth mindset if you had a curve – there really wasn’t room to embrace mistakes with only one shot at a good grade, the final exam. During bar prep, there are going to be mistakes that you can learn from. If you could use some help with adopting a growth mentality, listening to podcasts and lectures can help you. Another helpful learning method is Ted Talks on this topic such as “The Power of Believing That you can Improve”
A growth mindset welcomes mistakes and embraces lessons learned. It focuses on the dedication and hard work. On the other hand, a fixed mindset can contribute to giving up easily because you do not see the point in even trying at all.
Perhaps in certain situations you take on a growth mindset, and in other situations a fixed mindset. For example, trying to stop becoming really frustrated after getting an answer choice incorrect. Podcasts that normalize failure and help you embrace lessons learned and confront your fears can really help such as, “Fixed vs. Growth Mindset” by the Bar Exam Mind Podcast.
Incorporating podcasts may be just what you need to move forward from one study hour to the next.
Good luck and remember you can do it!