Dude, I get it… This shit exhausting.
You don’t want to take this exam or SEE another question EVER again. You want nothing more than to pass this stupid bar so that you can move on with your life.
You can see the One Outcome on the horizon. So close yet so far.
But you can’t escape this endless cycle. You’re not allowed to. Not yet.
Wake up, then crash your face into the pillow. Hope and despair, rinse and repeat. It feels like you’ve been preparing for this bar exam your whole life.
It doesn’t even feel real anymore. But this exam is the realest thing in your life right now. So I hope you’re not spending all day thinking about unimportant fiction, catching up on all the distractions, panic, and the doom and gloom.
All the constant news in bar world, about remote testing issues, how the grading works, diploma privilege, exam software concerns, new coronavirus variants…
Feels great to have some drama in your life. Something OTHER than Civ Pro to vent about!
Continue reading “Distractions and Passive Learning vs. Active Learning”
Before every exam, a handful of people come out of the woodwork and shamelessly ask about subject predictions for the bar exam.
“What do you think will be tested?”
“I don’t think ____ will be tested.”
“Anyone think ____ will be tested?”
“Does anyone know the predictions?”
“What are ____’s predictions?”
“Here are MY predictions!”
If you’re like many bar takers, or if you’re a repeater, you say:
“Haha of course I’m not going to rely on the predictions. I shall adequately study all the subjects. You should too!”
And then you look at the predictions anyway.
BTW, I’m calling out California mostly because it’s almost entirely California bar takers who do this shit and because Californians think the world revolves around them.
Did you expect me to tell you, “Aww poor baby, don’t worry. It’s normal and happens to the best of us 🥺”?
You SHOULD worry if you’re secretly tempted about relying on predictions… because this kind of thinking is entirely predictable and avoidable. Sweating about predictions is not a good place to be in and requires intervention.
Also, remember when subjects actually leaked for the 2019 July California Bar Exam and people got mad over it?
Make up your minds! Do you want to know the subjects ahead of time or not? Jesus
Here’s why you should only look toward subject predictions for entertainment value (and what to focus on instead):
Continue reading “Predictions for the Bar Exam (What to Focus On)”
“I need to know all the law first!”
What were those three years of law school for? Never mind.
There’s this strange concern in the atmosphere floating around.
A concern that if you don’t know it all, then you won’t be prepared to solve the problems… The thought that all you need to do well in practice or even the bar exam itself (!) is to know it all…
So you sit there, fold your arms, and wait for osmosis. A passive approach. Maybe your soulmate will fall out of the sky, too.
And then when you finally flip open that essay after weeks of becoming a know-it-all…
You stare at the blank page.
In front of you, a blank canvas ready to be filled but only reflecting a harsh stillness.
The cursor blinks at you, urging you for your next order.
Cold sweat squeezes out of pores you didn’t even realize you had on your body. 😓
You decide to hit the books and videos again. Maybe you just need to know more… Maybe you’ll get ’em next time…
You’re mostly grasping the material, but then when you take a practice exam it’s like everything you know is out the window.
WTF? Why didn’t it work?
Continue reading “Two Biggest Fears of a Bar Exam Taker”
Every time the holidays roll around, a pang of guilt flashes across the bar taker’s heart as they balance social obligations and the big day looming.
Continue reading “Should You Study for the Bar Exam or Take a Break During Holidays?”
“DO I STUDY OR DO I HANG OUT WITH MY FAMILY?”
There are pockets of cultures surrounding work, rest, and self-care. Let’s divide them into two extreme stereotypical categories as a narrative device for me to make a point later:
I’m going to shift gears here. Your gears actually.
You might feel tired, plateauing, and generally not inspired to go at it even though the bar exam is looming on the horizon.
It’s right before the finish line we lose steam, leading to a “failure of the last mile.”
I won’t let that happen.
Here are 5 reminders for you that will shift you into second gear. (Is that an accurate analogy? You get the point)
Continue reading “Guarantee Motivation to Beat the Bar Exam with These 5 Reminders”