prepare for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic

7 Tips to Prepare for the Bar Exam During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Here, we give you seven tips on how to prepare for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic.

We briefly outline the tips below but you can watch our YouTube video for more information!

7 Tips to Prepare for the Bar Exam During the Coronavirus Pandemic

1. A retention schedule is especially important if your bar exam is delayed. 

If your bar exam is delayed until September and you are starting to study early (like May or June), it is important to make sure you have a way to regularly review the material you have learned. In other words, set up a “retention schedule”. So, if you learn Real Property during week one, make sure to revisit it in future weeks. Otherwise, you will forget most of what you learned by the time

2. Take breaks if you are studying early. 

Taking breaks during bar prep is important. Even if you are on a traditional 10-week study plan, make sure to take some time off. This is especially important if you are starting to study early for a September bar exam. If you try to study all day, every day, you will burn out long before the bar exam.

3. Focus on all highly tested areas of law. 

Since the NCBE is offering multiple essay exams, it is harder to predict exactly what will be on each exam. So it is important to pay attention to all highly tested areas of law. Don’t depend on certain subjects or topics appearing on your exam.

4. If your state is doing an online/remote bar exam, make sure to prepare.

In other words, some steps to take right now include:

  • make sure your wifi is working or that you have access to wifi
  • make sure you have access to a functioning laptop
  • ensure that you closely follow the rules so you do not give the impression of cheating if you are being monitored remotely
  • practice answering questions online so you can get used to it

5. Focus on what you can control – possible bar exam pushed back, moved online, changed,

It is easy to focus on what you cannot control–will the bar exam be delayed? moved online? changed? Will I have a job?

Instead, focus on what you can control. You can control your study schedule and how you approach the exam. If the exam changes or something happens, you will deal with it then!

6. Stay safe!  

The last thing you want is to contract coronavirus while you are studying or on bar exam day! So, follow the appropriate measures.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Wear a face mask in public.
  • Practice social distancing!

7. Make sure to take care of your mental health. 

Studying for the bar exam is stressful enough. Studying during a pandemic is doubly stressful. Make sure to take care of your mental health!

  • Exercise.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are feeling excessive anxiety.
  • Practice yoga, meditation, or other stress-relieving activities.

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