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. If you are expecting to take this exam anytime soon, you might be wondering how you yourself might do when your turn comes along. Needless to say, this thought alone could be causing you sleepless nights, wondering if you will make the cut. 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) Keep your eyes on the prize. 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. 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. Work part time to give yourself enough lee way for a considerable review. Go over your daily schedule and reorganize it in such a way that you are able to give your review the time it needs to learn what you require to pass the examination. In order for them to actively help you achieve your plan, talk over with your family and friends, even co-workers, how they can help you take time off for studying without having to worry about anything else meantime.
A couple of months or so of concentrating on reviewing has made a difference in success with taking the said exam. It is considered good advice then to follow in the footsteps of many who have made it through the experience.
(2) Create your personalized plan of study and review. 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. The bar exam is not something you deal with at a snap of the fingers—it takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Make a list of what needs to be covered. Assign time for every topic so nothing is missed, plotting this over the days that you intend to devote for studying.
Consider your material and schedule appropriately according to how much time each topic may need, possibly allowing more for those which you have some difficulty with and less for that which you think you already know better.
Think about where you can study most effectively and include that in your plan. 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.
Breaks from study can be a challenge especially for those with parental responsibilities. But a break is a break, not an opportunity to catch up on some house work. If this is the case with you, you need to plan for this beforehand and have someone else take care of that, because a break is supposed to be an opportunity to be stress free. So you will not feel as if you are neglecting them, do schedule your time to be able to spare a day during every week of review to just chill out with your kids or your spouse.
4. Exercise should be on 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. Exercise also allows the mind to process what it has studied and makes it ready to take on some more.