Bar Exam: Taper Time

It’s the final weekend before the bar exam which means it is time to taper. Law school kitten and deerexams have conditioned you to study hard right up until it’s time to take the exam. However, this is not a law school exam. This is no 3 hour test where you’re allowed to use highlighters, wear watches, drink coffee, eat snacks. Those were the good old days. This is the bar exam. Endurance is important. You’ve been studying for 10 weeks and you are tired. You’ve probably had trouble focusing this week, each day getting worse than the one before. This is totally normal. Your body and brain are sending you a signal so listen and get some rest between now and Tuesday so you can be focused and energized for the exam.
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Try to have a *normal* weekend. Put in a little study time, but also sleep, rest, watch tv, go out to dinner, interact with other people. Eat something healthy: carrots, apples, broccoli, anything that comes directly from nature. Go easy on the alcohol, soda, coffee, and energy drinks. Instead, re-hydrate with water.

  • Stop cramming. You can’t learn all the law and you don’t need to.
  • Stop obsessing over your MBE percentages. It won’t help and you’ll be fine.
  • Stop trying to get a perfect score on every essay. It won’t happen and it’s not necessary.
  • Stop doubting yourself and your abilities. You are ready for this.

puppiesTrust me but more importantly, trust yourself- you’ve worked hard, you know the material, you know what to do and how to do it.

-KSK

The Bar Exam Taper

Time to Taper

In law school you studied right up until it was time to take the exam. Those were the good old days of mere 3 hour tests, unlimited use of highlighters, pens, and pencils; you could wear a hat, drink coffee, eat snacks.

The bar exam is not a law school exam. Endurance is important. You’ve been studying for 10 weeks and you are tired. You’ve probably had trouble focusing this week, each day getting worse than the one before. This is totally normal. Your body and brain sending you a signal so listen and get some rest between now and Tuesday so you can be focused and energized. It’s time to taper.


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  • Study in moderation
  • Sleep, relax, watch tv, go out to dinner, interact with other people
  • Go easy on the alcohol, soda, coffee, and energy drinks. Eat a vegetable. Drink some water.

Don’t:

  • Cram. You can’t learn all the law and you don’t need to.
  • Obsess over your MBE scores. It won’t help and you’ll be fine.
  • Expect to get a perfect score on every essay. It won’t happen and it’s not necessary.
  • Doubt yourself and your abilities. You are ready for this.

It’s time to start listening to the people who’ve been saying you can do this. They are not saying it to be nice. They know how hard you’ve worked and how capable you are. Don’t insult them by not believing in yourself.

-KSK