Only seven more days separate you from the bar exam. How will you spend them? For many upcoming examinees, the next seven days will be devoted to cramming as much information into their short-term memory as possible. As for others, the opposite approach is taken, and seven blissful days of self-pampering and relaxation will take the place of studying.
Is one approach better than the other? The truth is both studying too much, and too little before the bar exam can negatively impact your score. A happy medium between the two is most desirable. Achieving such a balance, however, is much easier said than done. That’s why the AdaptiBar team put together these 7 last-minute tips to help you maximize your time one week before the bar exam.
- Stop Cramming – It’s impossible to learn the law in a week! Instead of memorizing as much information as possible, focus now on applying law concepts and taking practice MBEs and essays. This method of learning will prove to be much more effective in converting information into long-term memory that can be retrieved on exam day.
- Change Your Mindset – Being in the right state of mind before the bar exam is critical to your success. What is the right state of mind? Confidence is king! To ease overall anxiety and stress, remind yourself of the hard work that you have put into your bar prep over the last few months. When in doubt, remember that success is a staircase, and worrying will do nothing to improve your situation.
- Tune-Up Your Testing – It’s okay to study one week before the bar exam as long as you are studying in an equally effective and efficient manner. Begin by simulating real exam conditions while studying. This includes timing yourself while taking practice MBEs and essays or assessing your timing performance in AdaptiBar. Also, be sure to study within the hours that your test is administered to train your mind and body to fully concentrate during that time.
- Confirm Your Arrangements – Double-check that your living, food, and travel arrangements are set for the bar exam by making a few brief confirmation phone calls. The bar exam is stressful enough, so why not prevent additional stress from arising in the future?
- Limit Caffeine and Sugar – Your energy level should remain consistent throughout the day, which is why it’s best that you consume only a small to moderate amount of caffeine and sugar the week before the bar exam. This will train your body to depend more on nutrients and less on temporary substances for its energy, which will, in turn, promote better-sustaining physical, mental, and emotional health and alertness on exam day.
- Don’t Forget to Rest – Make it a priority to dedicate at least 2 hours each day to relaxing activities that you enjoy. Your brain won’t be able to think as sharply on testing day if it has been working nonstop the week before! Do yourself a favor and get the rest you need to ensure that you perform your very best on the bar exam.
- Give Yourself a Pep Talk – Don’t forget to remind yourself of all your accomplishments, from graduating law school to staying committed to becoming a lawyer. These things will remind you that one score isn’t going to define you or determine how successful you will be. You’ve put in the time and effort. You’ve got this!