californiabarprep wrote:Hi guys! Hope everyone's studying is going well.
Wanted to touch base and see how everyone is prepping these days.
Other than *trying* to keep up with the Themis schedule...here is what I do differently so far:
(1) I've set aside the practice essays for now since I don't have time. Once I'm more comfortable w/ the law and MBE, I'll start cracking the essays day and night ... repeatedly. I plan to follow this guy's advice here: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=248756.
(2) I try to do as many MBE question sets as I can on Themis. I do them open book and try to list the things I get wrong. I review afterwards.
(3) I skip the lectures and go directly to carefully studying the outlines. But since I have to do the "assessment" questions to keep going up the "Status %" for Themis, I'll try to do the assessment questions.
I'm currently on Evidence and hope to start Con Law tomorrow.
Anyone else want to contribute, or give some advice as to what I can do?
Are you far behind? If not, I suggest doing some of the essays.
I find that the essays are very helpful in learning the law. The essays are really short (20-30 minutes) and go by super fast, and I always feel like I have a better understanding of the law after I write it out and struggle with it a little. I cannot tell you how many times I have written a question out on this forum only to find that I understand it after writing it out. I don't always do the essays in the order I am told (often my schedule wants me to do an essay right after the first 17 q MBE set, which I feel like I dont know the law well enough by then.) I normally wait until at least after the second MBE set. Also, my friend last year only outlined the essays and never actually practiced writing them, and he was not able to even start the last essay on the bar exam because he never had the timing down (he still passed though). He meant to fully write the essays out closer to the bar exam but did not feel as though he had enough time.
I personally worry about running out of MBE questions. I have been told that you can run out with Themis, so perhaps doing as many as possible right now isn't great because you won't be able to practice when it gets closer to the bar exam. I could be wrong about this.
I'm not sure how helpful the lectures are. I speed them up 2X while watching, but honestly I'm not sure if it's that useful. I find that doing the lectures and then reading the outline after is helpful in pointing out specific areas that the lectures dont go over (rather than reading the outline and then doing the lectures).
The lectures for the MBE workshops are completely useless. I stopped watching them.