So you've started your bar exam prep.
Now is a good time to take stock of how well you're studying. Specifically, it’s important to pay attention to the methods you've used and figure out what works for you and, more importantly, what's not working.
If you find that you’re studying with friends and it’s stressing you out, maybe try a couple of days on your own. If you’re taking a bar review class and find that attending the lectures isn't helpful, it’s OK to try doing it on your own time (assuming, of course, you can watch them online).
One member of the Critical Pass team would watch lectures online at night and spend the day studying – he found it easier to sit and absorb lectures at night, then wake up and have energy during the day to study, memorize, and work on practice sets.
It's also important to look at the smaller things, like reviewing notes or outlines. Pay attention to whether passively reviewing notes is helping you. People often find that they understand and absorb material more effectively when they're actively engaged, for example, by taking practice exams or quizzing themselves with flashcards.
The point is it’s time to identify what's working for you and what's not. If something's not working, don't be afraid to change things up. Once you figure out what works, stick with it. Developing a sustainable and manageable routine is crucial to getting you through the bar exam with a passing score.