Do’s and Don’ts One Week Before the Bar Exam
You’ve lamented the bar prep process over the past few months but now you would do anything for extra time. You’re debating whether you should stop studying or study more than normal. You’ve told yourself that you would feel ready but here you are feeling anxious, excited, and underprepared. You’re wondering whether to start listening to “Brain Power: Alpha Waves Studying + Concentration” on YouTube over and over. Maybe you should try that all mango diet you heard about on an infomercial that’s supposed to make you smarter. Yes, we could only be talking about one period of time in a student’s life. The week before the Bar Exam.
Do’s and Don’ts One Week Before the Bar Exam
The week before the Bar Exam can be an intimidating and scary time if you don’t have a guide. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! We’re pros at helping students prepare for every aspect of the Bar Exam, including topics that aren’t necessarily tested. So, whether you’re approaching the one-week mark or have just hit it, here’s everything you need to know. These recommendations should help to provide structure and confidence to those on the cusp of taking the Bar Exam.
Eat and Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Try your best to eat well balanced and generally healthy meals in the week leading up to the Bar Exam. The week leading up to the Bar Exam isn’t the time to experiment. If you regularly drink coffee, then keep drinking it. If you regularly eat a light breakfast, then keep doing eating breakfast that way. There’s no reason to try and change things up to see if you’ll potentially gain any benefit.
Regardless of whether you regularly exercise, try and take some time to at least get some physical activity in. This can be something as simple as taking a walk or doing yoga for a couple of minutes. If you’re someone who regularly exercises – again, this isn’t the time to change things up. For example, you might be tempted to skip a workout in favor of studying. Trust us, it just isn’t worth the gain, if any, of knowledge. Your regularly scheduled workouts produce endorphins, help you sleep, reduce anxiety, and have a host of other benefits.
Speaking of sleep – make sure you’re well-rested going into the Bar Exam. As your studies and preparation start to taper down the closer the exam gets, take that time and rest. We don’t need to get into all of the important benefits that sleep provides. Just know that it makes a world of difference in how you perform.
Check out more tips on how to stay healthy while studying for the bar exam!
Your Winning Mentality
In the week leading up to the Bar Exam you need to get “in the zone.” What we mean by that is for students to treat the Bar Exam like a multi-day professional sports event. Students should think of themselves as professional athletes. How do you act like a professional athlete? Well for starters, confidence is king! Be confident in what you have done to prepare and study for the Bar Exam. You’ve completed hundreds and hundreds of multiple-choice questions, drafted essay after essay, and endured numerous performance tests. You’ve got this, even if you feel like you don’t. (We want to remind you here that it is normal to not feel ready for the bar exam!)
Visualize yourself on day one feeling confident and ready for anything the test throws at you. Prepare yourself emotionally for what day one of the Bar Exam can bring. Your reactions to difficult questions and difficult emotions are something that you can work on prior to the Bar Exam. You’ve run the race in practice before, now it’s just time to do it again.
Take Care of Any Last-Minute Logistical Issues
The last thing you want to encounter on day one of the Bar Exam is an unexpected problem. You don’t want to be the main character in a Bar Exam horror story! Ensure that you know the rules governing the administration of the Bar Exam. Make sure you understand how the exam will be proctored and when the test starts and ends. Double-check that the testing software operates without any technical glitches on your laptop. Figure out what you’re eating for breakfast (use our breakfast tips here) and lunch (with more lunch tips here) on test days. Have a backup plan in the event that something happens to your computer or an unexpected event takes place.
Your goal should be to have the morning of Bar Exam day one go as smoothly as possible. The only way to ensure that happens is by double-checking everything.
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