Beginning the bar exam study process can be daunting. You know you have a lot of work cut out for you, but maybe not exactly what to expect. You're about to get hit with a wall of information, much of which you feel like you're learning for the first time. And then you have to memorize it.
This whole experience can be overwhelming. But it's important to remember that the process is long. So you'll be best served by thinking about the bar exam study process as a marathon rather than a sprint. If you start sprinting from the beginning, you're going to burn out mid-race.
So how should you start? Well, for the first couple of weeks, don't put more on your plate than you can handle. Specifically, take one subject at a time. This seems simple, but it can be a big problem for many students.
The pace of bar study can make it seem like you'll never return to a subject once your bar class moves past it. So many students get apprehensive and try to start studying multiple subjects at a time. This is a bad strategy for the first few weeks.
Trust that you'll have time before the bar exam to cover all the subjects you'll need to know. For now, go one at a time, making sure you're understanding the key concepts. Think of it as laying a solid foundation for all of the additional information you'll take in during the weeks ahead.
Breaking the bar study process into manageable chunks will help you stay organized, keep calm, and most importantly, help you cross the finish line successfully in July.
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For now, stay relaxed and get yourself in a good frame of mind. And once you get started, make sure that you maintain a reasonable studying pace. Good luck!
- The Critical Pass Team