Last Minute Tips and Tricks

Congratulations On Making It This Far!!!  

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You should feel relief after coming so far.  You have spent countless hours working, studying, and preparing for this Bar Exam.  We know you will do fine.

If you have taken anything away from our study methods and advice, please manage your time on the exam.

Everything we teach is based on time management and you need to spend the appropriate time on each question, whether it is the MPT, MBE or MEE.  Do not go more than 90 minutes per MPT, 30 Minutes per essay on the MEE, and try to not go beyond 2 minutes per MBE question.  We understand you will go beyond time on certain MBE questions, and that’s fine.  Our key concern in time management is making sure you have enough time to complete each MEE and MPT question.

Here is the rest of our last minute tips and tricks.

  1.  Do not, we repeat do not talk to anyone about about the first days questions.  You will have enough to worry about on day 2 and California takers, day 3.  You will have enough stress and do not need anymore wondering if you got a question right over someone else.  You also do not want waste brain power and energy looking for answers on questions you have already taken.  The answers are completed, those questions are over, you cannot change them.  Don’t stress and move on to the next day.  The second day is worth just as much as the first.
  2. The day before the exam, just go over your outlines and flash cards generally.  Do not cram the night before.  The night before the exam, you will not be able to jam anymore into your brain.  Relax, order food, and go to bed early.  You have a long couple of days ahead.
  3. Based on MPTs we have graded, a couple of key things have popped out.  First, make sure you address every code section, statute, and ESPECIALLY every case in your answer that you are given in your exam.  The examiners are looking for them.  Also, try to differentiate you case with how other cases were resolved in the file.  Example:  The law says our client Bob is an employee and not an independent contractor because he has no control, unlike Dan in the Johnson case who had complete control over how to do his job.
  4. Again, please make sure you only spend the right amount of time per question.  So many other examinees will go over the allotted time per question and because you won’t, you can answer all of the questions getting you more points.

Good Luck everyone.  We hope we have helped you and our predictions are correct.  We have done everything we can to help you succeed.  We look forward to welcoming you as members of the BAR.

We will be posting an additional article on Wednesday or Thursday about what happens from here.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the forum and we will do our best to help.  Good Luck!

The Turn: Bar Exam Studying After the 4th of July

Post 4th of July Bar Exam Studying, Focus and Selfishness.

We are not going to lie to you, the next three weeks will be some of the most stressful in your life.  Now is the time to focus completely on studying and prepare yourself for the Bar Exam.

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For the past few decades, the 4th of July signaled the beginning of the end of studying for the Bar Exam.

Most bar preparation companies’ schedule by this time will have you completed or near completed all the required lectures for each individual subject tested on the Bar Exam.  You would have reviewed the traditional law school courses such as Contracts and Evidence and begun to learn subjects that you may have never dreamed existed such as Conflict of Laws.  Do not worry if you did not complete every Barbri AMP question or  getting 100% on the Themis myProgess tracker.  Just make sure you have completed the lectures as they are the most important part of the program.  So where do you go from here?

First, you should be doing at a minimum 50 to 100 practice MBE questions per day.  We understand that this will take 2 to 3 hours per day to complete.  To be honest, it will be more as you go over all of the practice questions you got wrong.  You must learn why you got the question wrong, what was the correct law, and how to apply it.   We cannot understate the importance of constantly drilling MBE practice questions.   Most law students have not taken a multiple choice test in years and this is the hardest multiple choice test you will ever take.  You need to learn how to read the call of the question properly and how to understand the various fact pattern structures of an MBE question.  You should be focusing on subjects you are doing poorly in.  If you are hitting 70% or more on a subject, we suggest you more to another one.  Remember, you are not looking for an A, just a passing score.

Second, you should try to review one MEE subject per day.  Again, over the next two weeks, just one MEE subject per day.  The MBE subjects are the most important you need to spend the majority of your time on them.  However, try to complete a few essays a day.  To maximize your study time, use our Short Answer Method posted here:  Short Answer Method   

Also, to save time, we have offered our free MEE outlines in our forum for your studying needs.  When you complete an essay, again self-grade yourself and review anything that was incorrect to make sure you will not make that mistake in the future.  We also offer free grading and tips of your essays.  Just post them to the forum, private message us, or email them directly.

Lastly, you need to be selfish.  For the next three weeks, this is all about you.  Unfortunately, you have to tell family members, spouses, children, they will just not see you.  Trust us, we had to do this as well.  You need to focus on studying and cannot afford any distractions.  To be honest, your family will understand.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the forum and we will do our best to help.  Good Luck!