In our most recent survey, we asked our February 2014 Bar Examinees to offer their best piece of advice to those taking the July 2014 exam. With the Bar Exam still extremely fresh in their minds, they were able to provide some valuable tips to keep in mind throughout your preparation.
- Start EARLY, and practice questions steadily throughout. I wish I’d started my review earlier.
- Be lenient when creating a study schedule. Don’t be over ambitious to the point where you set yourself up to fall-behind and get discouraged.
- Do not underestimate the difficulty of the MBE. Starting with the MBE will help preparation for the writing portion and the stamina needed for the Bar.
- Knowing and understating the law is key, not only for the essays, but for the MBE as well.
- Review your outlines before using AdaptiBar. Write as many essays and PTs as you can and fill in parts that were deficient or missing from your answers.
- I would advise bar candidates to use actual released questions. Particularly with AdaptiBar, the analysis of one’s progress through each of the subjects gives a fuller view of what subjects will be more challenging.
- Don’t panic, and realize that you cannot possibly know everything. Also, pay attention to the frequency charts and reoccurring subjects on the essay portions.
- While the goal is simple and direct, the means of achieving the goal should be diverse. Beyond studying, be sure to exercise, eat healthy, maintain a consistent sleep schedule, think positively, and perform mental exercises (MyBrainTrainer, Luminosity, etc.) to ensure peak performance.
- Do questions daily, but do not overdo it. 25 – 40 questions is a good steady range to shoot for each day.
- Do not do a timed practice exam until the last two weeks.
- Target major subtopics within each subject, such as Negligence, which makes up 50% of all Torts questions.
- Make sure that you are not just answering the questions but really understand why you got the question right or wrong. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. Before moving on from a question be sure you fully understand what your error was.
- Make sure that you fill in your outlines with the rules from AdaptiBar if your outline was lacking in that area or was nonexistent. Try to see the pattern with each subject and each type of question.
- Remain calm. Know your learning style and prepare accordingly. Keep perspective — it’s an exam and while important, it cannot make or break your life; don’t drink the terror and panic Kool-Aid. Work diligently and according to a plan but be sure that the plan actually works for you. There is no shortage of commentary and advice regarding the MBE, but not everything applies to everyone. Focus on your own game plan and try not to stray from it too much unless it’s not working on you.
- Don’t visit those online forums about the bar examination. It’s a waste of time. You don’t need to know the “buzz” or “rumors”; you need to take the exam.
- Get AdaptiBar’s lectures. They were much shorter than the BarBri videos. I could pay attention for 50 minutes without getting bored of a subject.
- Know the substantive law. But most important: Practice, practice, practice. Do Q’s. Read solutions. Understand the applicable law and rule. Make an outline and memorize it; use AdaptiBar Q and A’s as content for this outline.
- Calm down. Worst case scenario: you do not pass the bar exam on your first try and you take it a second time. Consider yourself lucky if this is the most difficult or trying life situation you encounter in your life, and approach the bar exam with this consideration in mind.
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