The bar exam is two weeks away. Say it ain’t so! You’ve hunkered down and studied for the last six or eight weeks, but the test is quickly approaching. In all likelihood, you feel like you don’t know the material or that you haven’t studied enough. The good news is that this probably isn’t true. So, what do you do with yourself in those final two weeks before the exam?
Begin Your Review Period
With all hopes, you have completely been through all of your material at this point, and you are approaching your review phase. If you’re an AmeriBar student, this should sound familiar to you based on our sample study calendar recommendations. Give yourself a few days to briefly go through all the material. This includes both essay and MBE subjects. If you have a very good grasp on a subject, don’t spend a lot of time on it. You should spend some time doing practice questions. Also, read the essay answers and analyses that you didn’t get a chance to complete.
If you’re getting questions wrong during your review period, don’t panic. There’s no way that you’re always going to get 100% of the questions right. If you’re consistently getting 70-75% of the questions correct, you’ll be in a good position for the exam. If you feel that you’re not doing well, make sure you review the areas of law that you’re missing.
Memorize Anything You Don’t Know
At this point in your study period, you probably know your weak areas. If you don’t comprehend something, try to memorize it. Use mnemonic devices or whatever tactics that help you memorize information the best.
Practice Under Test-Like Conditions
The room where you take the bar exam isn’t going to have a comfy couch or bed, and the exam isn’t going to happen at 11:00 PM. If you’ve been studying crazy hours, make sure you get your schedule right. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to be at the testing center early. It varies by jurisdiction, but you should make sure that you are able to wake up early enough to eat breakfast and not have to rush around. You’ll need to hit the hay early to be well-rested.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
At this point you might be panicking enough to scour the internet for advice. (Hi, there.) At some point, you’re probably going to come across a post about someone who only studied for two weeks and passed the exam. (Maybe that’s true or maybe it’s not.) Or maybe you’ll even see a post from a classmate on social media where they talk about how ready they are for the test. (They’re probably not either, but does it really matter either way?) The bottom line is that those people aren’t you. They’re not taking the test for you, and they don’t know the same things as you.
Believe in Yourself
There’s an insane amount of information covered on the bar exam. It’s not uncommon to panic at this point, but relax. If you’ve been putting in dedicated study time then you’ll be fine.
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