Bar Prep Recommendations

paraguayfargus
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Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby paraguayfargus » Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:05 pm

Can anyone recommend a book about preparing mentally for the bar exam? I am not worried about learning the materials as much as I am worried about my mental toughness (trying to juggle studying with applying for jobs).

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby northwood » Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:30 pm

focus solely on the bar exam and resume applying for jobs after you take the bar exam

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby mvp99 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:42 pm

I think too that becoming licensed at this point is way more important than getting a job that might be contingent on passing the bar exam.

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby numbertwo88 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:35 pm

Don't apply for jobs.

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby TwoBars » Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:34 pm

I do not know of any books regarding mental preparation for the bar exam. However, the most important thing is to put in the effort to actually study and prepare for the exam. All of the review courses (usually in lectures) have a component addressing preparing yourself mentally and physically for the exam. Bar exams are truly a mental endurance test since you have to stay mentally focussed for 2 or 3 days depending on the state. I've take 2 bar exams and was mentally drained after both. The 3 day exam was much more draining than the 2 day exam. Regardless, if you put in a real effort to review and learn the material, you will pass the exam. It is better to be over prepared for the exam than not!

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby paraguayfargus » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:15 pm

TwoBars wrote:I do not know of any books regarding mental preparation for the bar exam. However, the most important thing is to put in the effort to actually study and prepare for the exam. All of the review courses (usually in lectures) have a component addressing preparing yourself mentally and physically for the exam. Bar exams are truly a mental endurance test since you have to stay mentally focussed for 2 or 3 days depending on the state. I've take 2 bar exams and was mentally drained after both. The 3 day exam was much more draining than the 2 day exam. Regardless, if you put in a real effort to review and learn the material, you will pass the exam. It is better to be over prepared for the exam than not!


I agree. Thanks for your feedback. I'm going to try and conjure up my current job frustrations and study for the bar.

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby paraguayfargus » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:25 am

TwoBars wrote:I do not know of any books regarding mental preparation for the bar exam. However, the most important thing is to put in the effort to actually study and prepare for the exam. All of the review courses (usually in lectures) have a component addressing preparing yourself mentally and physically for the exam. Bar exams are truly a mental endurance test since you have to stay mentally focussed for 2 or 3 days depending on the state. I've take 2 bar exams and was mentally drained after both. The 3 day exam was much more draining than the 2 day exam. Regardless, if you put in a real effort to review and learn the material, you will pass the exam. It is better to be over prepared for the exam than not!


FYI. If anyone is looking for a book on bar mental preparation, I found the following:

Bar Exam Mind
The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam
Hacking the Bar

I've ordered all of them (thanks for the amazon gift cards lexis). Maybe I'll write up a review of each after exams if I don't get lazy.

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Re: Bar Prep Recommendations

Postby paraguayfargus » Thu May 07, 2015 12:16 am

paraguayfargus wrote:
TwoBars wrote:I do not know of any books regarding mental preparation for the bar exam. However, the most important thing is to put in the effort to actually study and prepare for the exam. All of the review courses (usually in lectures) have a component addressing preparing yourself mentally and physically for the exam. Bar exams are truly a mental endurance test since you have to stay mentally focussed for 2 or 3 days depending on the state. I've take 2 bar exams and was mentally drained after both. The 3 day exam was much more draining than the 2 day exam. Regardless, if you put in a real effort to review and learn the material, you will pass the exam. It is better to be over prepared for the exam than not!


FYI. If anyone is looking for a book on bar mental preparation, I found the following:

Bar Exam Mind
The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam
Hacking the Bar

I've ordered all of them (thanks for the amazon gift cards lexis). Maybe I'll write up a review of each after exams if I don't get lazy.


As promised, I read the above books before starting Barbri (they are all pretty short) and these were my thoughts:

- Bar Exam Mind - Trash. Pretty much 30 pages of nothing here. The author talks about a bunch of affirmations and positive thinking. I didn't get anything out of it.
- The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam - I liked this one. It was short, but had actual application to MBE questions and essays. A good mix of positive thinking, strategy, and application.
- Hacking the Bar - Real weird, but good. The author talked about taking smart drugs, sleep schedules, and meditation. Heavy on supplement advice, but I dug it.




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