Take a bar prep course. Yes they are expensive, but your law school tuition was expensive too. Taking a law exam and taking a bar exam are slightly different. A good bar prep course will show you the test taking skills as well as review the material.
Take A SINGLE bar prep course. You should pick the course which seems most useful to you. Students who take multiple courses can end up more frazzled because they are not able to perform the required studying necessary for each course. If the courses do not overlap, then it's just a personal decision and probably won't interfere.
Prepare for your bar prep lectures. Since material is coming at you at lighting speed, it's important to be able to anticipate what will be presented at the lectures. You don't have to have a "learning moment" in bar prep. This is review, and the best way to prepare for class is to REVIEW the materials given to you.
Treat the study schedules as good suggestions! Some bar prep courses give you a study schedule. If you can follow the schedule, you should. If you cannot, do the most productive things that you feel will help you pass. Just because you followed the schedule does not mean you will pass; and just because you did not follow the schedule does not mean you will fail.
Don't bring a laptop to bar prep classes. As both a student and a professor I have experienced the pro's and con's of laptops in the classroom. Yes, they can make note taking simpler, but the can also be a huge distraction. If you get distracted for all or a portion of a class lecture, you have time to catch up before the final. If you get distracted during bar review, you may miss entire topics. It's best to not tempt yourself, leave the laptop at home.
Do lots of multiple choice questions and make it a game. It was suggested that we do 3000 to 4000 multiple choice questions in preparation for the exam. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but after a while it should be much easier. Keep a spreadsheet of your progress both in total answers correct as well as answers correct in each subject. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and you will want to do better. It's like playing a game of FROGGER, you shoot for High Score but are happy with improvement.
Remove distractions from your life. If you are married and have a family, let them know how difficult this preparation is and how important it is for you to pass. It will take 6 weeks of adjustment on their part in order to give a lifetime of an attorney in the family. They need to understand that during this period, studying is more than just a job - it is a way of life. And a strange one at that!
You need to keep some time to yourself. Yes, other people will tell you that; but they might not give you directions! One way is to treat meals as meals. They are not study sessions with food. Take time to have your meals (no less than 30 minutes) and enjoy the break. By fixing this time to your meals, you will always know when you have a break.
You need to keep your comparisons to yourself. Don't ask others how they are doing on their "multi's" or how much material they have digested. One, there is nothing good that will come of it. And, two, they (or you) will probably lie.
You need to arrive EARLY and fed. Do not ask your family for a morning breakfast send off. Plan on getting to the test site 60-90 minutes BEFORE they tell you to arrive. Stop somewhere near the test site and burn up time getting breakfast. It's better to be sitting in a McDonald's eating an Egg McMuffin for 60 minutes rather than sitting in traffic!
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