Advice For Cramming For The MPRE
Advice For Cramming for the MPRE: You did not mean to do it, but you did it. The MPRE is just a few days (or few hours!) away and you need to cram. How do you spend your valuable time? While it is never ideal to be in this situation, it happens. These are our tips for cramming for the MPRE!
Advice For Cramming For The MPRE
Here is our advice for cramming for the MPRE
1. Learn the Rules!
You’ve got to learn the rules. You can read over a course outline (many bar courses offer it for free). Learn and memorize the rules. Don’t make flashcards at this point. You should be covering up the rules in your outline and seeing if you can jot down the law or repeat it out loud. You should look over our MPRE Cheat Sheet. We may be biased because we made it, but it is pretty awesome. It also tells you what percentage each set of rules compose of the actual test. (So, for examples, Conflicts are heavily tested, but rules on judges are only 2-8% of the test. So you want to focus on Conflicts). Study smart!! You don’t have time to waste!
2. Practice (and Practice Right!)
Focus on test questions. Go to the NCBE website (www.ncbex.org) and do their sample MPRE questions. Pay for their 60-question exam of released questions.Here is a list of free sources for MPRE questions. They are not ideal as they are not released questions, but they will help. If you have a commercial bar review course book, you can always use those questions too! (This post assumes you have nothing except a few hours to study and a drive to pass!) When you answer a question incorrectly, review the answer. Then write down why you answered it incorrectly on a notepad. Constantly review this notepad. Not only will you understand the law better, you will also remember it better.
3. Review again.
Reviewing is a necessary component. Don’t look at something the never look at it again when you prep (even if you are studying at the last minute for the MPRE!). After you review, say, Conflicts, then you go on to something else, go back to Conflicts to make sure you remember it. At the end of your review session, go over everything again. Ideally, take breaks and study in intervals so you can constantly review before moving on to something new. This will help you retain the maximum amount of information.
4. Make sure to get sleep.
You might think this is not realistic if you are cramming for the MPRE. But sleep is absolutely essential! If you don’t sleep, you will not be able to think clearly during the MPRE. Staying up all night to study is counterproductive. At some point, throw in the towel, get a good night’s sleep, and hope for the best!
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