How To Stay Motivated During Bar Prep
It is difficult to stay motivated during bar prep. In this post, we give you some tips to help keep you on track, even on days you don’t feel like studying!
How To Stay Motivated During Bar Prep
1. Visualize what you are working toward.
If you find that you are struggling to stay motivated and continue studying for the bar exam, remind yourself of what you are working for! Even if you don’t have a job lined up and waiting for you, think about why you went to law school in the first place. This is the final hoop to jump through to accomplish your goals and add “Esq.” after your name!
We truly believe that visualization is a key component of success on the bar exam! Visualizing success can help reduce your stress and anxiety. If you reduce your stress and anxiety, studying for the bar exam might even be enjoyable!
2. Take breaks and socialize.
You do not have to give up social engagements entirely while you are studying for the bar exam. Additionally, you don’t have to spend every Friday and Saturday night studying. Set aside some time each week to give yourself a break and socialize with your friends and family. Having that designated break every week will give you something to look forward to. It is also nice to talk to friends and family who are not currently studying for the exam to take your mind off of it for a little bit!
We hashed out all of the reasons it’s beneficial to take breaks during bar exam studying!
3. Take advantage of your temporary routine.
While you are studying for the bar exam, you may have a brief reprieve from other obligations, such as classes and having to be at the office for work every day. Take advantage of this and change up your routine! Take your study materials to a coffee shop and reward your hard work and productivity with a fancy coffee drink. Or, if the weather is nice outside, take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to be cooped up in an office and study in your backyard or at the park! Take this opportunity to explore your local community libraries! Changing your scenery while you are studying can not only be fun, but it removes some of the monotony from bar prep.
4. Talk to other people who are also studying for the exam.
You are not alone in bar prep. Many of your classmates are probably struggling through bar prep the same way you are. Sometimes, students come across as if they are getting through bar prep just fine and that everything is going great. Before letting these students get in your head and make you think that you are the only one who is struggling, talk to other people – chances are others are in the same boat as you and are just trying to keep their heads above water until the exam is over! You are not alone!
5. Study with a friend.
If you have a friend from law school who you know and trust to remain productive, studying with them can keep you accountable and ensure that you remain productive during bar prep. Scheduling study sessions can also help you set aside designated time when you know you will be studying (and you won’t be able to procrastinate if you have a friend waiting for you!).
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