Back in college, I gave a copy of my cheat sheet for our engineering midterm to a girl. How do you say no to a girl? Answer: You can’t.
It had all the equations needed, but she got the lowest score in the class. She didn’t know how and when those equations applied. She hadn’t practiced applying those rules to similar problems. She assumed that just having the rules there would be enough. Same reason open-book bar exams would change very little.
It’s like when someone says, “b urself.” Okay… what’s that mean? Could you explain that a bit more bro? Any supporting statements or specific examples?
Same with “black letter law.” What does “related” mean? You get a better sense of what that means by looking at examples of how that rule is used until you gain an intuition.
You’d think these rules would be plug and play, but they’re not. Context matters. Knowing when and how to use them matters.
She was my gf at the time btw. Awkward! Oh well, live and learn.
And that’s what I want to talk about—learning.
“Do I really know this? Am I really becoming ready for the bar exam?”
It’s natural to question yourself at every step when preparing for the bar exam.
What people try to do:
- Consume material to get all their “ducks in a row” first
- Obsess over every rule and get overwhelmed
- Collect more tools than is possible to look at and reconcile
- Endlessly seek the “best” silver-bullet tool
- Fill in the available time
This is when we pour our coffee, make room on our desk, organize our pens, turn on the computer… and then just stare at the words.
How to actually find out:Continue reading “Stop “Studying” and Start Learning: The Underrated Practice of Practice in Bar Prep”