How Visualization Exercises Can Help You Prepare for the Bar Exam

A simple technique to help you perform 

The bar exam is now only a few weeks away. Presumably you’ve been studying for a while now. Soon you’ll be turning your attention to committing all this information to memory.

But you should also think about the actual bar exam and how you’ll be ready to perform Day One. Specifically, you want to practice visualizing how you’ll want to feel during different situations of the bar exam.


Visualization is a technique you can use to ease the natural anxiety that accompanies the bar exam. From here on out, try taking 2-3 minutes every day to sit quietly and visualize various scenarios. Truly try visualizing, meaning sitting in a quiet room with your eyes closed.

What to focus on

For example, think about the first morning of the first day; the buildup to the moment when the exam begins. Picture yourself sitting there and visualize yourself feeling confident.

Practice picturing yourself sitting down to your computer feeling calm and unaffected by the stress of those around you.

Visualize difficult scenarios, because you will face difficulties, whether it’s an essay question that stumps you or you’re running out of time on the MBE.

Visualize these scenarios and think about how you’d best want to handle it. Then picture yourself doing it.

It's worth it

This may sound strange or a little out there, but this is a highly effective tool used by performers at the highest level of art, athletics, and education to make sure they are prepared and able to put on their best performance when it counts.

So, during these last few weeks, take a couple minutes each day to practice visualizing yourself taking the bar exam and doing so confidently. It will help turn your visualizations into reality.



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