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Feeling behind?

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on June 10, 2013

That is completely normal.  You may have days (weeks?) when you feel like you’ve done everything humanly possible and you’re STILL not finished with your daily checklist. 

It’s okay.  Anyone who has taken the bar can relate to this feeling.  It’s perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed with the fast-paced study schedule.  You have two days for Torts, then straight into Contracts, then Property, then Crimes, then…wait, when does the memorization happen?? 

It happens — I promise!  The more you practice, the better you will get at everything:  time management, structure, analysis, and even memorization.  It may not feel like it at the time, but every time you write out an essay or a PT or complete MBE questions, you are learning the law.  Even if you write what you think may be the worst essay ever composed (I’ve written a few of those myself), you are still learning the law.  In fact, the more you struggle with a subject in the context of a fact pattern and written answer, the more you will remember it.  That’s why it’s SO important to write, write, and then write some more. 

Never forsake realistic writing practice just because you feel like you haven’t learned enough law!  There is a time and place for reading outlines and flash cards, but there also is a time and place for putting them away and practicing…and I’m talking about real practice, with no cheating:  Set your timer for 60 minutes (do not take a second more!), and put your outlines away, not open on the corner of your desk “just in case.”  You cannot improve unless you make mistakes, so allow yourself to make them now, when it doesn’t count. 

If you find yourself in a position where you must put something aside for the day, do not let it be the writing practice.  Keep up with the essay and PT simulations above all else — and remember to include meaningful answer review as well.  Try using a comparison chart to help.  You also can keep a list of the things you were unable to complete, and then later, when the lectures end, you may have some time to go back and pick them up in the context of review. 

Remember, everyone taking the bar has the same timetable and the same task.  You can do this!! 

If you’d like to read more, there is a great post about feeling behind in bar prep on Ms. JD



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