floridasun wrote:Any ideas how long the results take to arrive in the mail? i passed both sections and honestly I am completely surprised that I passed the MBE as I felt very down about how I did as I left the convention center. I did Themis and didn't think the MBE questions accurately reflected just how difficult the MBE was. I wish I had known about Adaptibar earlier on as I feel the explanations in Themis were not the greatest. However, I do say I was not displeased with Themis overall for the price, quality, and quantity. I did about 85% of the program, with a lot of that last 10% just reading the FL essays and sample answers and just doing some outlining. Also, I really want to see the sample answers for the essays, especially that first constitutional law essay (the worst).
Honestly, I used Barbri but may have only done 10% of their plan. I worked my way through each subject of the conviser mini review for the MBE and Florida, taking notes and highlighting. Then, I just did practice questions and may have completed about half of those, noting which questions I missed and focusing on those rules. Granted, I took a different bar exam 7 years ago so to some degree, this was a refresher after cramming back then. I didn't do any of the essays this time, but if I were to suggest a study plan. I would make a plan to work through every outline. Do a healthy amount of multiple choice in each subject, noting your mistakes or areas of misunderstanding. Then, I would go to the Florida Bar website and pull the essays and model answers and break them down with the laws and application.
The first time I took the Bar, I realized 75% of the way through that the videos were worthless and I basically wasted my time daydreaming with each video. If you are a visual learner, ignore this. However, most people I've spoken with had this feeling. You'll be much more efficient sticking your nose in the outlines, writing out notes/making note cards, memorizing, and applying the rules through multiple choice.
Anyway, that's my suggested recipe for passing. I swore I failed at least one part, but passed both. AND, I was behind my schedule above. I didn't realize the essay and model answers were posted on the Florida website until too late which just made me unnecessarily nervous because I knew I should've broken them down and memorized the rules they were using. Granted, I did break down the Florida outlines into handwritten notes two days and one day before the test. Aside from the constitutional question, I felt really good about the rest of the Florida portion. We'll see how the scores shake out.
Whew! All that said...I hope it helps anybody taking the Bar in July. Good luck!