In this post, we cover five MPRE tips and tricks to conquer the MPRE. We frequently recommend these MPRE tips and tricks to our students and several of them see their scores improve after trying them out.
5 MPRE Tips and Tricks to Conquer the MPRE
1. Divide your MPRE outline into “sections” and memorize one at a time.
Learning the rules is very important for the MPRE. Do not just complete practice problems or you will find yourself progressing slowly! Instead, make quick progress by memorizing the rules before completing practice problems.
The best way to learn the MPRE rules is to divide your outline into sections. If your outline is 50 pages, for example, you could divide it into 10 sections of 5 pages (though we recommend stopping at “natural” stopping points rather than in the middle of a section). So, for example, conflicts could be one section, confidentiality could be another, judicial conduct could be a third, etc.
Then, memorize each one, section by section.
2. Tailor your memorization to your learning style.
Use your learning style to your advantage. If you are a visual learner, use visual techniques to learn your MPRE outline (e.g., use charts, diagrams, different color highlighters, etc.). If you are an auditory learner, use auditory techniques–e.g., you may want to repeat your outline aloud, verbally quiz yourself or have someone else quiz you. Tutoring or a study group may also be a good idea if you are an auditory learner. If you are a kinesthetic learner (i.e., you learn by moving or doing), you may want to pace or move around while reviewing, trace your outline, or act out certain parts of your outline!
Regardless of what you do, do not passively just read your outline. You want to actively memorize it using a style that is fit for you.
3. Practice! (And use real MPRE questions!)
After you are familiar with your outline, you need to put your knowledge into practice. The best source of MPRE questions are real MPRE questions. You can find 15 sample questions as well as two 60-questions NCBE-released practice exams on the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website here. These 135 questions will be closest to the “real” MPRE questions and are a great source of practice.
You can also practice with questions invented by a commercial course if you are looking for additional practice.
4. Draft your own MPRE attack or review outline.
While some students prefer to use course outlines or our MPRE cheat sheet, students get a ton of value out of making their own (short) MPRE outline.
This is one of the MPRE tips and tricks that our students tell us is the most valuable. Many students complete this at the end of their prep.
Some students choose to make an “attack” outline with just the rules. Others choose to make an outline that consists only of rules they do not yet know or feel comfortable with. Either way, students have unanimously agreed it is a great way to master the material.
5. Learn the language of the MPRE.
The MPRE will ask questions in specific ways. You want to know exactly what the question is asking so that you can pick the proper answer choice. Check out the key words and phrases on the MPRE here. You will learn to distinguish questions that ask, for example, if a lawyer is subject to discipline versus if a lawyer is subject to civil liability.
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- A variety of excellent and free MPRE resources to help you conquer the MPRE.