Our Top 5 UBE Study Tips
Our Top 5 UBE Study Tips: Are you a law student getting ready to study for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)? Do you feel like you don’t even know where to begin? Before you dive in head first, make sure you read our top 5 UBE study tips.
Our Top 5 UBE Study Tips
1. Memorize the highly tested areas of law.
The importance of memorizing the law for the most commonly tested areas on the UBE cannot be overstated. It’s so common for a student to do a ton of practice questions, get a lot of them wrong, freak out, then do more practice questions.
This is not effective. If you’re getting a lot of questions wrong, your issue probably isn’t that you’re bad at answering the questions. Your issue is that you don’t know the law!
Slow down, back away from the practice questions, and take your time memorizing the law. If you’re under a time crunch, focus your efforts on memorizing the most highly tested MBE topics and most highly tested MEE topics. Don’t feel like you’re falling behind by focusing on memorization instead of doing a ton of practice questions. This will be the most efficient use of your time in the long run!
2. Practice, practice, practice!
Another important UBE study tip is to do past questions. This advice shouldn’t be a huge surprise. During law school, the best way to study for final exams was to look over old exams your professor had written. And when you were studying for the LSAT, the best way to prepare was by doing actual LSAT questions.
The same advice holds true for the UBE. Practicing with real MBE and MEE questions will make certain you know the law and familiarize yourself with questions that may be asked. The more MBE questions and MEE essays you do, the more you’ll begin to see recurring themes and legal principles that will likely show up on the actual MBE. And when you recognize one of these themes or principles on the actual UBE, it will be a huge confidence boost knowing you’ve seen this before!
3. Review the practice questions—and write down something when you get it wrong. Then review that.
Don’t just do a ton of practice questions and then forget about them. Take the time to review all practice questions you complete! This means reviewing the corresponding explanations in detail so you know why a particular answer is correct (or incorrect).
An often-overlooked UBE study tip is to also review the questions you got right! You want to make sure you got that question correct for the right reason. If you guessed and just happened to get the answer right, that will not help you during the actual exam. Take the time to review the explanation to make sure you fully understand why a particular answer is correct.
Lastly, when you review it, do not just read the answer and move on. Instead, read the answer, write down why you got the question wrong. If you forgot a rule, write down the rule you forgot. If you read the facts too quickly, write that down. This will help you find patterns in the laws you don’t know as well as other reasons you answer questions incorrectly.
4. Don’t ignore the MPT.
On the UBE, the MBE is worth 50%, the MEE is worth 30%, and the MPT is worth 20%. These percentages should have an impact on the time you dedicate to study for each of these three sections.
Since the MPT is worth the least, a lot of students tend to put the MPT on the back burner. Don’t make this mistake! Think of it this way—the MPT is technically worth the same as 70 MBE questions. So, ignoring the MPT could have a hugely negative impact on your total UBE score.
Studying for the MPT is quite different than studying for the MBE or MEE. The bar examiners give you the facts and law you need. This means the MPT is truly a test of skills, like following directions and effective time management. By doing multiple practice MPTs ahead of time, you’ll become familiar with the format and method of writing a good MPT response. Bottom line: take the MPT seriously!
5. Take care of yourself.
The UBE is a test of endurance. So it’s important to make sure you stay healthy and don’t burn out. Treat the UBE as a marathon, not a sprint.
Get enough sleep. Exercise, even if it’s just going for a quick walk. Eat healthy foods. Take short breaks throughout your study day so you can stay fresh and sharp. While you may feel like these things are a waste of precious study time, in reality, they will help you focus, stay motivated, and be more productive in the long run.
We hope these UBE study tips help you as you prepare for the bar exam!
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