How To Study For The Bar Exam During The Holidays
If you are taking the February bar exam, the winter holiday season likely falls right in the middle of your study schedule. In this post, we discuss how to study for the bar exam during the holidays!
How to Study for the Bar Exam During the Holidays
1. Consider starting early to allow for a break.
If you are able to plan ahead and start studying early, you may be able to set aside some time during the holidays to take a break from studying. Be sure to make a study schedule for yourself and ensure that you will be able to fit everything in before the exam if you plan on setting aside some time to take a break!
2. Let your friends and family know you need to study.
There’s a good chance your friends and family will expect you to engage in social events around the holidays. To avoid pressure from them asking you to do things at the last minute, try to let your friends and family know in advance that you need to study. Setting out your priorities ahead of time may also lead to plans being made in advance, and your study schedule is less likely to be interrupted.
3. Set realistic goals, and stick to them.
Plan in advance what you will do each day during the holidays. That way, you know whether or not you are on schedule and whether you have time to take a break and participate in holiday festivities. Having a set schedule will also help you stay on track and be productive when there is a lot going on around you and friends and family are likely contacting you frequently!
4. Make a study schedule.
Not only should you plan what you will do each day, but plan on when you will accomplish those tasks each day. Chances are, you will be more productive in the morning while friends and family are still sleeping. There are likely far more distractions in the evening when social events are more likely to be occurring and, during those times, you will be more tempted to set aside your books for a few hours. You will feel less guilty about setting aside your books if you have already accomplished your study goals for the day!
5. Don’t feel bad about taking a short break.
The holidays only come once a year. You don’t have to completely ignore the festivities in favor of studying for the bar exam 24/7. You should not feel bad about participating in holiday activities, but keep in mind that you should prioritize studying for the exam. If you begin to fall behind on your study schedule, you will have less and less time for social events!
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