Tips For Bar Exam Success
Why do you think some find it easy to just get through the bar exams and pass while some have to take it more than once in order to succeed? If you are expecting to take this exam anytime soon, you might be wondering how you yourself might do when your turn comes along. The question is something which you and many others have asked themselves, but the answer is something you alone can decide for yourself. It is true that this examination is no easy task succeed in, although many have gone through the experience with only their hopes of making it through. The following is a guide that can help you in your preparation for hurdling the challenge you face.
Review the list closely as it is intended to guide you as you prepare for that challenging moment in taking the bar:
(1) Keep your eyes on the prize. The bar exam is no picnic, as many have found out before you, so do everything you can to be able to devote your efforts, if not solely, but largely, on preparing for this event. Everything you do during this review time should be done towards the goal of getting prepared for it and passing it, preferably with just one take.
If you have a job, you need to take a leave of absence from it and free yourself from the distractions it will surely create. If it is not possible to at least take a leave, then consider doing just part time work for the time being. Readjust your daily activities to give more time to learn what you need to succeed. Discuss your plans with family, friends, and colleagues that they may help you avoid distractions.
A great number of bar passers have attributed their success to the significant time they were able to pursue their review material study. So in short, if you wish to pass this exam, do as many have done before you: take a break to review.
2. Make a study plan. Anticipate the time you need to fully cover the topics you need to study. Planning it and plotting your schedule will help you to see exactly how much time you have to put aside for every topic to cover and helps avoid the fear and worry that cramming usually brings with it. There are no shortcuts to studying for this test; you just have to plow through the subject matter and that takes a lot of time. List down the topics you need to cover in the few months you have set aside. Make a schedule of the flow of your review, what to study first, etcetera, including free time.
Think through your review plans and map out the best strategy that will allow you the concentration you need.
Think about where you can study most effectively and include that in your plan. Others like some background music. Choose the best environment for you to study in that works. Decide on that area where you can best focus on your review.
(3) Factor in break time. Too lengthy study periods can be taxing on the body as well as the mind, and it is necessary to give yourself a break, enough to help you recharge and relax. Let your brain recharge before you get back into your review.
Breaks from study can be a challenge especially for those with parental responsibilities. Some take a break from study in order to take care of their children and their children’s needs, but this should not be. Should this be your situation, then plan out before the review who will look after such house work or your children, should you have any. To be able to give time for family, do factor in a day without study and spend it with your kids or your family, maybe some quiet time with them, perhaps a movie night.
(4) Physical exercise must be part of your schedule. A lot of people believe that exercise can only make you fatigued and adds to the stress of the daily study regimen. This is actually not true; on the other hand, exercise is very helpful for those who are trying to study a whole lot of material, as the physical exertion exhilarates and refreshes the brain, increasing blood flow toward it, therefore helping in the study process by making it work quicker. Whenever the body is exercised, the brain is allowed to organize itself and to absorb what it has studied, a crucial step before taking on some more material.