5 Reasons To Join A Bar Prep Study Group
Bar prep is a very personal journey. You’ll be doing a lot of studying and practice questions by yourself, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a complete recluse. Remember those friends you studied with during law school? Maybe don’t stop studying together just yet! Here are five reasons to join a bar prep study group.
5 Reasons To Join A Bar Prep Study Group
1. Essay-Writing Motivation
During bar prep, you’ll do a lot of practice essays. It’s hard to make yourself sit down, set that timer, and write our essay after essay, especially when no one else is around to notice whether you do it or not. Enter your study group. If you have people ready and waiting to work on an essay with you, skipping the day’s practice question is not really an option. Also, knowing that others are working on the same essay at the same time gives you a sense of being part of something bigger. While you might be having difficulty finding the motivation, if others in your study group are relying on you to complete an assignment, that might be just enough nudge to finish up those essays!
2. Studying Out Loud
A great way to make sure you understand a concept is to explain it to another person. The problem is, your family and non-lawyer friends may not be thrilled to listen to you go on and on about contingent remainders and material breaches. The members of your study group, however, will surely appreciate how smoothly you can bust out those rule statements! Share mnemonics. Quiz each other on the finer points of the concepts. Studying out loud can be very beneficial and sometimes even fun. Then, on exam day, those rule statements will be that much easier to pull out of your memory.
3. Gaining Perspective
Don’t those sample student answers seem way too perfect? When they’re the only point of comparison for your own essays, it’s easy to get discouraged. When you share answers with a study group, though, you’ll realize no one else is writing perfect essays either. Everyone is struggling with the same concepts and trying to get enough material into their memory to pass the bar exam. There’s nothing like a little perspective to get you out of your head and back to reality.
4. Emotional Support
Bar prep can be a very lonely experience for many students. It’s difficult. It’s draining. Your family and friends may be incredibly supportive, but no one can truly understand what you’re going through unless they have experienced it themselves. Remember, you don’t just have to study with your study group. Get drinks, watch movies, go for hikes, and check-in with each other regularly about how you’re feeling. Your bar prep support group could be the thing that keeps you sane throughout this process. There’s no reason you need to do your bar prep alone.
5. Help Your Friends
Your study group can do a lot for you during bar prep, but you can also do a lot for them. When you’re working with a group of people who truly appreciate your efforts, it can help you feel better about both your capabilities and the bar exam. So pay it forward! Be sure to extend the same courtesy to others in your study group. You never know when you’ll need professional or personal support in the future!
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