It is now the week before the bar exam and many students are wondering what to do. Here we give you five essential tips for the week before the bar exam!
5 Essential Tips for the Week Before the Bar Exam
1. Study smart in terms of what you review.
Do not focus on topics that are hardly ever tested. You should be focusing on the “big ticket” items — that is, the ones that will get you the most points. This is negligence, hearsay, relevancy, jurisdiction, etc. on the MBE. (Read about the highly tested MBE topics here.) If you are in a Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) or Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state, there are also specific essay topics you should focus on. Read the highly tested MEE topics here.
Studying what is most likely to appear on the exam will go a long way! If you are an auditory learner, we highly recommend you check out our MBE Favorites series, which covers some of the examiners’ “favorite” issues to test on the MBE as well as our Multistate Essay Exam seminar which covers highly tested topics and predictions!
2. Use real questions when you practice.
If you have only been using Barbri-invented, Kaplan-invented, Themis-invented or other course-invented questions, it is time to use real MBE questions. Real MBE questions are a fantastic source of practice because they reveal what the NCBE likes to test as well as how it is tested. Students report feeling MUCH more prepared after using real MBE questions. (If you purchase our MBE Favorites series, you will get the most recently released 210 MBE questions free with the series!)
3. Get mentally ready for the bar exam.
Many students do not put as much weight on the mental component of the bar exam. We highly recommend you practice visualization to help you remain positive and confident when you go into the bar exam. Visualization is extremely important especially if you are the type to walk into the bar exam with a lot of anxiety or feeling like you can’t do it.
We also recommend you practice bar exam affirmations. These can be very helpful in setting you up for the proper mindset. Your attitude really can make a difference in whether you pass or fail the bar exam and devoting time and attention to your mental health is just as important than studying the substantive law and practicing questions.
4. Get physically ready for the bar exam.
Start a bar exam packing list and make sure you have packed what you need. Look over the security policy to make sure you are not bringing any prohibited items into the testing room. Confirm your hotel reservations. Make sure your transportation is lined up. Figure out what you will wear and eat each day. Having a game plan for the bar exam will allow you to focus on what truly matters on the bar exam day!
5. Avoid these common last-minute bar exam mistakes!
A lot of students panic the week before the bar exam. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:
- Do not take a full timed exam the weekend before the bar exam. It will stress you out if you don’t score high. Do it in the beginning of the week instead.
- Do not try to review everything every day! Reviewing too many subjects will make you feel anxious and will not help with retention. Stick to a manageable amount.
- Do not skip out on sleep, exercise, or eating right. You need these things now more than ever.
Good luck this last week before the bar exam!
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