Bar Exam Study Tips For Full-Time Workers
The bar exam is difficult. It is even more so for those who work during their prep. In this post, we go over our best bar exam study tips for full-time workers!
Bar Exam Study Tips For Full-Time Workers
1. Communicate your situation to your boss.
The first of our bar exam study tips for full-time workers is to let your boss know your situation. You may need to change your schedule or have some time off. Let your boss know upfront what your plans are, and make sure that he or she can accommodate you. Trying to study for the bar “on the side”, without telling your boss, is a receipt for disaster on two fronts. First, you won’t get the most out of your studies if you can’t focus completely. In addition, you do not want to endanger your employment during a stressful time in your life. So, make sure your boss knows your situation. If you need time off work, letting them know early will save both of you a lot of hassle.
2. Develop a study schedule, and stick to it!
If you are working full-time, you won’t have much spare time. Planning out your studies is the best way to make sure you are ready for the bar exam. So, develop a study schedule to guide your prep. Then, stick to it! The best schedule sets aside time every day for review. In addition to designating what you want to review in each session, also set out where and when you’ll study! Consistency will make your individual study sessions much more productive. Furthermore, the more specific you are, the more likely you’ll be to stick to your schedule!
Lastly, a study schedule will help you break down the momentous task of studying for the bar exam into manageable chunks. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, you will feel more in control of your life.
3. Make it clear to those around you that you are studying.
Study time is your most precious commodity, so protect it at all costs! There’s no point in developing a schedule only to allow distractions to derail it. Let family and friends know that you need space and that you may not be able to attend every family event or party. Shut off all electronic devices that do not directly aid in studying. The more distractions you remove, the more productive your time will be.
You may also seek help from family members or friends. Perhaps someone can take on some of your chores or tasks. You may find that your family members or close friends really want to help you but just might not know how. If they indicate they want to help you, ask for specific things. That way, they will know exactly what they have to do and you will have one less thing on your plate.
4. Be creative with your study time.
Since you won’t have all day to study, the next of our bar exam tips for full-time workers is to be creative! If you need to work 8 hours in a day, see if you adjust your schedule to come in early or late. That way, you can have a solid block of time to devote to studying. If possible, try to loop in downtime, like lunch breaks, into your study routine. Anything you can do to leverage more study time will pay off in the end!
5. Study smart!
The last of our bar exam study tips for full-time workers is to study smart If you take a commercial course that assigns a lot of work, be critical of what they give you. Do all the assignments give you some tangible to assist your review? If not, it’s probably best to skip those and focus on the ones that benefit you most.
Use efficient materials. It is worth it to get the best materials for your state exam. Don’t skimp on quality because the better your materials are, the more time they will save you. Time is by far your most valuable asset.
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In addition to outlines, use real MBE questions—these are the best MBE questions! And, use actual past essay questions (rather than questions a commercial course invents!) This is the smartest way to approach bar prep. And if you are working full time, you don’t have time to waste on anything else!
Good luck studying for the bar exam!
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