It’s hard enough to focus when there isn’t a cloud of coronavirus covering the planet. Or all the hubbub about what the exam will be like. Or wondering when it’s even going to be.
The stress of adjusting to “the new reality.” Dealing with uncertainty about the bar exam. Running out of yeast for your new bread machine.
You’re at the brink of feeling burned out before the exam is even happening.
First of all, if we’re quarantining, we should be thankful to have a place to stay and a refuge from everything going on outside (even if we’re forced to coexist with our housemates).
But it may be frustrating to not have a quiet place to focus if your go-to study place is suddenly gone. We’re stuck at home. Libraries are closed. Daycares are closed. Coffee shops don’t let you linger around.
Being productive in your bar preparation has become more challenging than it’s ever been.
How do you get into that flow if where you live is the only place left to study?
The two biggest killers of focus and concentration are external distractions and your energy.
Address each by designing your environment and optimizing your sleep as follows:
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It’s socially acceptable to shit on math (in America at least). It’s politically incorrect to dislike “travel” or “dogs.” And it’s considered weird to not sign up for an expensive bar prep course.
Even though I have a lot to say about all of these, let’s stick to the topic and address that last one about bar review courses.
Unless you were already exposed to the idea of alternate paths such as self-study, you probably naturally assumed that you NEEDED to go with a bar prep company after graduation. The question was framed as “what’s the best bar course” rather than “should I take a bar course?” You were bombarded with offers from the usual suspects since day one.
So it’s not your fault. Also, there’s nothing wrong with using a course per se, as long as you use it properly.
It’s just that you don’t NEED a course. You don’t NEED a tutor. You don’t have to spend $10,000 or $4,000 or anything close to that (besides registration fees) every time you take this test. (I’ll show you how below.)
I’m not wagging my finger saying you must or mustn’t enroll in a bar prep course. The right investments for you will pay off. I’m just saying you can think about it and consciously decide for yourself.
Start by checking for any internal narratives you may have about what you need to buy to prepare for the bar exam. I’ll help you reexamine the default assumptions born from “big bar” lobbying by answering these questions:
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- What are the drawbacks of “big box” bar programs?
- What can you do instead to address these drawbacks?
- What are the benefits of big bar courses?
- Should you sign up for one? (It depends)
- How do you prepare for the bar exam without a prep course or a big budget?
Welcome to 2020, where “social distancing,” “the new normal,” and “stay home” are the new meme phrases to replace “in this economy.”
But life and the bar go on relentlessly no matter the state of the planet.
It’s that time yet again. Results for the 2020 February bar exam are in for every state (pass rate in California 26.8% WTF?).
Anxiety squirting into your heart every time you thought of the moment of truth. Heart ricocheting around your ribcage as you check for your name on the pass list.
Waiting is the hard part. It’s even harder to get non-lawyers to shut up about obligatory “aww… you got this” and “I’m sure you passed” comments for weeks and months.
Well, I’m just gonna ask you. Did you pass?
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