Five Simple Tips To Deal With Bar Exam Stress
It is well known that stress and the bar exam go hand-in-hand. It’s likely that this is one of the largest challenges you will face in your professional life. The pressure on you to succeed is enormous. So it is no surprise that many bar exam takers find themselves stressing out when studying for the bar exam. The bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. So it is important to know how to deal with bar exam stress.
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How Not To Burn out When Studying For The Bar Exam
Studying for the bar is almost as hard as taking the actual exam. It is a daunting task that you put so much of your time and effort into. Applicants study dawn to dusk, pushing themselves to do more so that they will pass. It is no surprise that many applicants burn out when studying for the bar exam. Luckily, you can easily avoid this with the right steps.
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How to Stay Healthy While Studying For The Bar Exam
It’s no secret that studying for the bar exam can be intense and stressful. Most people expect the process to be mentally exhausting, but many are surprised by how physically and emotionally draining the experience can be as well. That is why it is so important to prioritize your health during the studying process. Staying healthy during the bar exam will make you less likely to get sick. It will boost your immune system. It will make it easier to concentrate and focus. It will reduce stress. And overall, it will make it more likely that you pass the bar exam! Here are some simple, effective ways to stay healthy while studying for the bar exam.
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How Do I Prepare for Second Semester of Law School?
Many students email us right around now and ask us how to prepare for their second semester of law school over winter break. Some of them are very nervous about how finals went. Others realize that their study plans first semester were not ideal for succeeding on law school final exams and they want to make some serious changes. If you are wondering what to do over winter break to prepare for second semester of law school, here are some great steps to take.
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Our 7 Best Workflow tips: Nothing is more annoying than spending a day unmotivated, dragging your feet. Or realizing you have spent the past two hours on Facebook instead of getting anything done. Or, seeing half of your to-do list left for tomorrow. Here are our seven best workflow tips to combat unproductivity and inefficiency. Whether you are a law student, a lawyer, or something else entirely, we hope our seven best workflow tips can help you! Continue reading Our 7 Best Workflow Tips
How Many Hours a Day Should I Study for the Bar Exam?
How many hours a day should I study for the bar exam? This is a tough question to answer. Generally speaking—you need to study a lot. However, there is more to consider when looking for an answer to this question, primarily if you are a first time or repeat taker. Continue reading How Many Hours a Day Should I Study for the Bar Exam?
Many of our students ask us, “Should I take breaks during bar prep?” And the answer is: Yes! One of the hardest things about the bar exam is managing your schedule. You cannot study 14 hours a day every day! Instead, we recommend that you incorporate breaks into your study schedule. In this post we will tell you why it is beneficial to take breaks during bar prep and how to incorporate breaks into your schedule. Continue reading Should I take Breaks during Bar Prep?
A picture from my current post-bar exam vacation to Puerto Rico.
Looking to plan a stellar post-bar exam vacation? I highly recommend it! A post-bar exam vacation can help prevent burnout while you are studying for the exam (it will be a “reward” that will help you stay motivated to keep going until the end). It can also help keep stress to a minimum when the bar exam is over. You won’t have time to obsess over what the “right answers” were after the bar exam is over – you will be too busy getting ready to go on vacation. Lastly, it provides a nice transition. If you go right from taking the bar exam to working (or waiting for results/job searching), a short trip (or a longer one) will provide a well-deserved period of time to relax and regroup. After all, the bar exam is a huge mental and emotional task. A vacation can help you hit the reset button. Continue reading Four Tips for Planning a Post-Bar Exam Vacation
With Spring Break around the corner for many law students (and as I am about to depart on a two week trip to California) I am thinking more about the benefits of study breaks. Continue reading The Benefits of Study Breaks
Many people travel during labor day weekend or at some point during the year. Some feel relieved for a break. Others try to work as much as they can during the trip. There is a third category of individuals who do not feel relieved but also cannot , as a practical matter, work very much. These people generally report feeling “guilty” for “not being productive” during their trips.
This blog post is written for the second group of people (who choose not to take breaks) and the third group of people (who feel guilty every time they travel). It also applies to any of us (including myself) who have trouble taking some time off to focus on something other than work. Continue reading Thoughts on Travel and Productivity
Are you wondering if you should schedule breaks in law school? Most competitive law students do not take time for regularly-scheduled breaks. This is not to say that they study 24/7 and never take any time off – they simply do not incorporate regular breaks into their schedules.
In law school, most of my friends were pretty competitive (like me) and because they wanted to succeed, they tried to work as many hours as they could seven days a week. Some even felt guilty any time they had a family function, outing, or illness that cut down on precious study time.
A few of my friends, however, made it a point to schedule some time off. One took Saturday mornings off. She would wake up late, take her time eating breakfast and drinking coffee, and not start studying until the afternoon. Another took every Thursday night off to go out to eat with his parents an have a drink with friends. Continue reading How I took One Full Day off a Week in Law School – and Why I Recommend Scheduling Breaks