If you are a 3L, you just finished up your final semester! This means bar prep is beginning, but don’t stress! Make sure you take a moment to acknowledge all of your accomplishments to this point. Law school is not easy, and yet here you are completing it. Carry that same sense of pride and accomplishment forward with you as you prepare to overcome the next hurdle: the bar exam. As you begin to prep for the bar exam, keep in mind the importance of maintaining your health and wellness.
The bar exam may still feel far away, but it will be here before you know it. Do yourself a favor by beginning to stick to a plan now. An often overlooked, but incredibly important, part of your plan should be your health and wellness. During bar prep, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything you need to do. For many students, this means sacrificing their physical and mental wellbeing to cram as much as possible. While this is understandable, we do not recommend it. A good health and wellness routine will help you maximize your potential to ensure you are getting the most out of your studies and performing at your peak ability. A healthy body = a healthy mind.
It is hard to know where to begin. You may feel overcome with anxiety before you’ve even begun. Hearing about other people’s experiences with the bar exam can make it hard to enter this process with a clear mind, but it is important to do so. Everyone’s experience will be unique, which means you need to focus on your own prep and what you can control. A structured approach to maintaining your health and wellness will become increasingly important as you get further into bar prep. This does not have to be a nightmarish ordeal filled with sleepless nights. Create a plan and stick to it. You should view bar prep as a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t burn yourself out too early.
When it comes to building a routine, it can be helpful to create a schedule for each day, week, and month of your bar prep. Put this plan somewhere where you will see it often. Do whatever you need to make sure you don’t stray too far from it. This schedule should cover studying as well as what you do when you are not studying. Schedule time to read, relax, and do leisure activities that bring you happiness. It is important to bring some positivity into your life as you go through this process.
It may seem like you don’t have time for anything else except studying, but this just isn’t true. If all you do is study, you will become burnt out. Break up studying with activities that make you feel good. When you return to studying you will feel re-energized and in the right mindset. The good news is that if you made it through law school, then you must have good time management skills. You know what kind of environment is best for you to be productive in. Do what works for you! Pace yourself and make sure to review often. This will help your memory retention and help prevent burnout.
Don’t forget that the AdaptiBar program is designed to help you be more efficient! Take advantage of our performance analysis tools to focus on subjects and subtopics you aren’t doing well in. Set aside more time to focus on those areas, and save time by periodically reviewing areas you are already strong in. With a structured plan and the tools provided by AdaptiBar, you will be able to make sure you are not forfeiting your mental and physical health as you prep. You will perform better come exam day if you are well-rested and happy. You got this!