Posted this in another thread here, figured might as well post it in the Barbri thread. If anyone has any questions, shoot away!
Hey y'all, just thought I would chime in with my experiences from taking (and passing) the NY bar last July.
At about this time last year, I was seriously procrastinating with my Barbri prepping. I would watch the videos at 2.0 speed, fill in the outlines, but barely re read the outlines, and had done almost zero essay prepping. I submitted only one essay to Barbri to grade and it felt like I was totally out of the loop on that.
Then in early July, about this time, I started to really buckle down and do like 50 Multiple choice questions a day. I started going over the outlines more and more. I didn't start reading the previous essays until like 3 weeks before the exam. My main advice to give to you all is to NOT read the essay answers that Barbri has experts write up; they are not even close to what you need to emulate on test day. Just learn the rules and you will be fine on exam day when you have to fart out the essays real quick.
I did not practice writing too many essays, I just read like 6 a day in the week or two before the exam. I would read the essays, quickly visualize what my answer would be and then read the student answers. That way I quickly was able to learn what was needed on the exam.
When we had MBE prep test in Javits center in early July I got like a 100, on test day I got a 158, and that is after I thought i did terribly on MBE.
Good luck you all, and if you are not up to snuff at this point with what your bar prep is telling you to be at, don't worry, this final month is really what matters most.