Five Helpful UBE Tips for Repeat Takers
We have helped many people who did not pass the Uniform Bar Exam the first, second, or even fifth time find success as a repeat bar exam taker! In this post, we highlight some UBE tips for repeat takers to increase your chances of passing!
Five Helpful UBE Tips for Repeat Takers
1. Request your essays and review them.
If your jurisdiction allows you to access the answers you wrote on the MEEs and MPTs, you MUST take the time to review these answers! This can be incredibly painful—no one likes to analyze what they did wrong—but it is one of the most productive things you can do. Understanding what went wrong will help you focus on what you can and should do differently so that you achieve different results on the next exam!
Carefully review your answer and compare it to the Examiners’ Analysis. Some jurisdictions also provide sample student answers that received high scores. Focus on what the Examiners’ Analysis and the other students did differently from your own answer so that you can replicate that type of answer on the next exam!
If you are struggling to see what you did incorrectly or why you got a low score on an essay, consider having someone experienced review your essays! JD Advising offers MEE and MPT review with detailed feedback and can help guide you in the right direction for the next exam!
2. Ask yourself what went wrong.
Aside from any issues you spot in your written responses, ask yourself if there was something (or multiple things) that went wrong during bar prep or the exam itself. For instance, did you actually give 100% effort to the bar exam? Or, did you have outside distractions during bar prep that prohibited you from spending enough time studying? If you tried studying while working, perhaps consider taking a leave from your job prior to the next exam so that you can dedicate more time to studying. Perhaps you didn’t know how to study and so you did not feel adequately prepared as you walked into the exam? You might have even had a personal emergency on the day of the exam that took your focus away from the test. Understanding what caused your low score is the first step to obtaining different results. Check out some common reasons why students fail the UBE for more guidance.
3. Change your approach to studying.
Did you feel adequately prepared when you walked into the exam? Did you actually know and memorize as much material as possible? Finally, did you cover all the subjects, or instead skip around and focus on those you were more comfortable with? If you answered no, you should start by making a study schedule, giving yourself ample time to cover each and every subject prior to the next exam.
If you answered yes, you likely need to change the method by which you are learning the material. For instance, think about whether watching lectures actually helped you learn the material. Did you take the time to memorize and understand the subjects, or did you just dive right into practice questions? If you aren’t sure where to begin or how to effectively study for the UBE, check out our top five UBE study tips for guidance on preparing differently for the next exam!
4. Complete more practice essays.
Most students that did not pass the UBE did not write nearly enough practice essays prior to the exam. Some didn’t write any practice essays!
While you are studying for the UBE, you should write approximately 1-2 essays per study day, and it is essential that you self-grade your essays so that you learn from your mistakes! Additionally, it is important to give some attention to the MPT – it is worth 20% of the total grade! You should write about 1 practice MPT per week, making sure to cover the common tasks (objective memos, persuasive briefs), as well as the less common (letters), and even a couple of wild card tasks.
5. Consider enlisting the help of a tutor.
Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the problem with your approach to the bar exam. Some students also struggle with understanding the material, particularly for those classes they never took in law school. Still, others aren’t sure how to approach the UBE questions in an effective manner. A UBE tutor can help with all of these things! UBE tutors can help explain the material, help you set up an effective study routine, and show you how to effectively answer MBE and MEE questions on the UBE! JD Advising has experienced UBE tutors that can be an invaluable asset for repeat takers who are looking for some additional guidance!
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