A Quick Guide To Passing The Bar Exam In Just One Take
You might wonder why some aspirants only need to take the bar exam once to pass while others have to struggle to achieve the same thing. With that milestone looming, you could be asking yourself whether you belong to the first group or the latter. The bar is a grueling examination and not everyone can make it through—something which you are probably worrying about right now. 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. Needless to say, you will need all the help you can get, so go over the following tips you can keep in mind in order for you to join the ranks of successful lawyers who have made it.
Consider the following points when preparing for that bar exam:
1. Focus on your review. Many who have achieved success in this rigorous exam have had to reorder their lives in such a way that they are able to make their preparation for it their main goal. This means that, while preparing and studying for it, they have had to set aside everything else in order to give their bar review their full and undivided attention.
If you are to be successful in your goal, you need to consider getting time off from work because the next few months of study will not be worth it if you cannot devote yourself fully to it. Work part time to give yourself enough lee way for a considerable review. You can also make adjustments to your daily schedule—at work as well as at home—to accommodate this. For your plan to succeed, it would be best to involve your family members and friends as well as people you work with because they are the ones who can best help you find the time and space to concentrate on your review.
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. Map out a study guide and schedule. Make sure to compute enough time for you to be able to finish studying the review material. 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. Make a list of what needs to be covered. Decide on how you want the flow of your study and assign time for each material over the period of your review.
Think through your review plans and map out the best strategy that will allow you the concentration you need.
Some do better in a quiet area, devoid from distraction. Or somewhere you can have some soft music while you review. Whatever it is that can help you study better, then do it. Stay in a place which feels to you the most conducive for your study efforts.
3. Schedule break periods. Breaks are essential in effectively studying for the bar exam because the material needed to study can be exhausting, and your brain definitely needs to rest a bit in between. Recharging your brain as well as your body can be achieved in short breaks in between study periods, and can be quite advantageous in the long run as it prevents the brain from crashing from too much information.
This is something that you have to balance delicately, especially if you are a parent. 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. Take a day off every week and spend this fully with your family or friends, just grooving and relaxing.
4. Include exercise periods in your schedule. Many think that exercising will make them feel tired, and so avoid doing it while on their review. Contrary to that, exercise is actually a great way to keep your brain energized, as the activity will allow blood flow to your brain to increase thus giving it the boost in oxygen that is crucial to keeping it sharp. Plus, however unconsciously it may occur, exercise actually gives your brain the opportunity to integrate the material you have studied.