varcom24 wrote: mimim8 wrote:
varcom24 wrote:Anyone thinking of doing the PT first, then going back to the essays in the afternoon session?
I thought about it. My plan is to do a timed practice 2 essay 1 MPT session one of these days and see how that works out. So I definitely want to try it out first.
Timing is an issue for me with the MPTs I'm concerned that having to flash read 20+ pages after plowing through 2 essays is going to take more time than it would otherwise if I'm fresh and not still thinking about the 2 prior questions. On the other hand, since I know time for me in an issue here, I don't want to do it first and feel like I have SO much time left for the essays and steal essay time.
Yeah, my thought process is similar. PTs are easy as far as not requiring any legal knowledge to do well. But it's a time crunch. digesting the library/file, figuring out the right way to format the final product (and it seems like there usually is pretty much one right way to do it), and then actually writing enough to cover all important facts is difficult and leaves little room for error. I'm thinking it makes sense to do that first while fresh, because once you hit the essays you're in much more familiar territory and only have to focus on recalling and applying the rules we've been studying for months now
I did a practice half day yesterday with the PT first and two essays after.
1. I still wasn't able to finish the PT in time but I promised myself that I would stop at 1:30 no matter what and I did. (any one have any clues/recs as to what might help me with this PT time management problem?)
2. I was momentarily bummed out about not being able to finish and that general feeling lingered for a few mins as I entered the first essay. Considering that if I don't have enough time to finish on exam day I will most likely be MORE bummed out going into the essays, this is something to reflect on if its going to affect my performance in the part that I do need to be 100% confident.
1. It was easy to focus on the essays after the PT. I was glad/relieved even to be able to think to myself that this was essay time and not have to worry about having the PT time consuming monster to worry about after.
2. I felt the "energy" of having to rush through the PT helped "warm up" my brain so I was already "in the zone" when I got to the essay and wasnt feeling tired or anything.
3. While doing the 2nd essay (last hour) which was a real property essay, I felt a little crunched for time. I felt that if I had done this essay before the PT I would have most likely wanted to steal time from PT to finish it- which I definitely cant do if I want to give my PT a real chance. At the end I was able to wrap up the essay within the hour and all was good in terms of covering all the issues so I didnt really need the extra time.
Still undecided but... the sense of relief described in Pro #1 might finally convince me to do the PT first.