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Making Mistakes

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on July 8, 2013

This is a great, short post from the Law School Academic Support Blog about the merit of making mistakes and the importance of self-diagnosis in bar prep. 

Using an Answer Comparison Chart may help with that self-diagnosis, and completing several charts will help reveal patterns (e.g., always forgetting a certain issue or not using enough facts in analyses).  It’s great to get feedback on your answers from someone else, but it is critical to be able to review your own work and find areas for improvement; then your self-diagnoses will internalize and positively affect your writing. 

Do not be deceived into thinking that you cannot evaluate your own work.  You CAN.  Remember, every grader started out where you are.  In fact, I first started grading practice bar answers after I took my exam, but before I received my results.  I was only about a month ahead of where you are right now! 

Another option is sharing your answers with your study partner(s).  Get together and take a timed practice exam, then swap answers and give them some written feedback and maybe even a score.  There is a great benefit to placing yourself in the position of a grader, and looking at someone else’s work helps you understand how graders think. 

So keep making mistakes!  The more you make now and the more you self-diagnose and review, the fewer you will make when it counts.  One and done!!

 

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