gaagoots wrote:I passed the f*cking BAH!!!!!!!!!! I am totally doing a Rod Tidwell dance from Jerry Maguire!
This who were unsuccessful, I made it over the 100 point bulge rule, I scored over 127 points with my unlucky 1313 points from Feb. It can be done!!
Hi there, could you please provide some insight as to the "100 point bulge", the scoring, and all relevant items for your study practice/theories? Basically whatever it is that helped or guided you in passing the exams. Also, if you can provide additional information regarding how you were studying in comparison to what you were not doing before(because it was a waste of time, etc.)
Greatly appreciated. and Congratulations!
Ok I know for me I did a complete 360 on my approach. I needed some of the BarBri lectures, Contracts, Evidence, Civ Pro. I watched them all the first time but for me it was mindless fill in my book when Professor Sheffy said, "write this down". In Feb I supplemented with a former bar grader tutor, he's a nice guy but he shook my confidence like a 7.7 magnitude earthquake with his scoring. One of the attorneys I work for said three weeks before the bar to let him go because I was focused too much on 'beating the bar grader' than knowing and understanding the law.
My scores were as follows;
Mistakes I made....
1. Kept ex BF in my life as a 'friend' that was stupid I should have cut him off clean like I did for July.
2. I made the next big no no mistake of exam predictions, thinking ...ooh they just tested remedies, trusts, BO, I won't kill myself over them I will just review. They tested those and when I saw remedies that morning, I went to panic mode and couldn't think straight at all.
What I changed:
3. MBEs, crazy ginger lawyer in the firm decided to adopt me after I failed, back in the day her tutor was Richard Sakai, before he was snapped up by BarBri. She wanted to see how I did MBEs. I picked the right answer, Crazy ginger shrieks noooooooooo, you failed because of that. Thanks lady, anyway I switched my approach by listening to her.
I found all the wrong ones first. Usually 2, then the two right ones left, one had the correct law. I actually learned the law by doing these. I used Adaptibar and scored 76.1% and did over 3,121 MBEs. I started the first day after I failed the bar. I didn't have time to grieve because I work full time. I journaled my MBE answers, I just bought one of those composition journals and lots of colored pens and sectioned each with a tab for the MBE. I used Babri detailed outline, it had more "stuff' than CMR for getting it, then letting the lightbulb go off.
I reviewed these again and again. I did 20 MBEs every morning at this time, I'm an earlier riser. Did another 20 in the office, like mid day. Sometimes I did more at night, but that was more for reviewing my material after I got home from work. Adapti on my iPad meant I had no excuse not to do MBEs.
4. I bought Whitney Roberts bar code cheat sheets(BCCS) that became my book of love. Somehow because I researched this to death, so many people passed using this book. Essays have to be done "the graders way or the highway" This is where I did some major change. I bought 50 blue books from Amazon, and practiced all my essays by handwriting. 1 blue book was enough for 2 essays. Handwriting for me helped me memorize, if forced me to become succinct and it forced me to write the outline.
Cheat sheets served as a blueprint for commonly tested areas. I also used my iPad and took pictures of the templates I struggled memorizing, this way when I was somewhere with no wifi for MBEs I could memorize these. Now word of warning, 3 out of 6 of our CalBar essays won't fit the template. However, like for question # 6, takings was something I remembered from law school but feared if they would surprise me with it. I used the BCCS method and had that baby broken down bit by bit. 2807 from this forum gave sage advice, "show them your work" I did. I also used baressays.com to self-grade. I actually had my dream essays, they were all the areas I prepared for. Corp was strictly 1 hour, I needed time for #4 (the area I practice in) and #6 because I learned to like this area of testing.
5. The PTs, welp! What can I say, I tried the "do as many as you can" I did 14 of them for Feb, and scored 55's. I just couldn't figure out why these were coming out like ass. Then crazy ginger moved me out of her area and I moved into commercial real estate, I was drafting motions (not effin family law drama decs, or P&As of the Fam Code I know cold) I was too comfortable all my years doing that, so the change up with drafting motions from an area I wasn't familiar with helped me a great deal. I did one graded PT for July. I felt good about PT A, and PT B I think I over gunned it, but who knows what I got on that.
I took two weeks off, one for hard core boot camp study, the other to fricken spend a joyous week in hot as hell Ontario. I religiously used the whiteboard method for memorizing my elements, critical pass was helpful for that. I wrote it again and again. I still have my 10(b)5 on my board, just in case they tested it I was ready.
So kept it simple, I was ten times more calmer during the written. I thought I did great on MBEs in Feb lol no, that was crap. In July, I really wondered why I wasted all my time studying them because they were hard. My D's weren't long strings but I did have chunks of them. We don't find our scores so I could have bombed haha.
Remember you need to find your groove, it's like fitness, not everyone likes to run. Find a method that works for you. I don't like schedules that are unrealistic for me to study and work. Several of us on this forum were repeaters, and I'm sure I would have been told if I wasn't so chicken to post my unlucky 1313 score, people would think I have no shot in hell of passing.
I forced myself to like the area of law I hated, and that was the biggest difference.