Scarletlady wrote:Hey Ladies and Gents,
Just wanted to offer some encouragement to you all. I worked full-time (40-50 hours/week) during Bar Prep last summer. I will not lie, it was kind of awful, but manageable. That being said, I did manage to pass the NY/NJ Bars, so it is completely doable. The best advice I received was to run your own race. The darn BarBri mocked me for months, but I stuck with it (admittedly never caught up), didn't let my mind get the better of me in the process, and did what worked for me.
I'd be happy to answer any questions you have, lend some tips, or scheduling ideas.
Best of luck!
Thanks for this! Now that we are approaching one month before the bar exam, how did you approach studying during your final month of bar review, and did you make any adjustments to what you did prior to that?
Sorry for the delayed response.
I think one of the most important things you need to focus on is not burning out. Its hard to fight the impulse that more is better and if you do more you pass. A few caveats to keep in mind, I never studied in a group, used flashcards or pneumonics because those methods simply never worked for me. Which leads me to an important point, do what worked for you in law school, trust me, it will work again. I also burned a couple of vacation days in July to play catchup.
Throughout, I kept a relatively rigid schedule:
6:00-6:30am wakeup and coffee
6:30-7:30am review notes from previous night or multichoice answers
7:30-8:15am get ready for work
8:15-8:30am commute (NOTE - (i commuted on a bus) issue spot essay and read answer; usually was able to do 1, 2 if traffic)
8:30-9:00am read outline/notes
9:00 - noon WORK
noon - 1pm read outline/notes
5:30-6:00pm read outline/notes
6:00-6:45pm Gym/run and Dinner
6:45-7:15pm commute (issue spot essay and read answer)
7:15-11:00pm (midnight if I was up for it, but never later, sleep is extremely important) assigned BarBri lecture/essay/multichoice
For every hour of studying I would give myself a 10-15 minute break. But that also meant for the hour I was studying, I was actually being productive about it. Knowing I had breaks built in got me through each study block.
On the weekends, my "WORK" and "commute" periods were just replaced with more study time and getting assignments done. I also shuffled my runs to the am. I had a hard stop time for studying of 6pm on Saturdays and spent the time with friends or running errands. Sundays I would study in the evening if I felt it was necessary.
Towards the end I did breakdown and get the Leansheets, I found them pretty helpful for driving home the barebones material and carried them in my purse the last couple of weeks and read over them anytime I had a spare second. A word of caution though, they track very nicely to the Barbri outlines, but I did note several typos or errors, so if something doesn't seem right verify the material.