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Hitting the Wall

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on June 19, 2016

You’ve been at it for about a month, and all the excitement and adrenaline surrounding graduation has diminished.  You’re now left with a pile of thick bar review books and a review schedule that makes training for an Olympic decathlon seem pretty doable.  You’ve been diligently attending lectures, filling in blanks and bubbles, and even the sequence of your dreams follows IRAC format; but lately it seems like you’ve been given a new substantive topic to cover way before you feel comfortable with the previous one, and you wonder whether you’ll ever be given a few precious moments just to come up for air.  It gets harder and harder just to find the energy and motivation to move forward.

You are not alone!  I have yet to meet anyone studying for the bar exam who does not hit this wall.  Some hit it now, some later; but we all hit the wall.  (I certainly did when I was studying!)  When it happens to you, maybe you’ll need to take a deep breath, take a walk, or take an evening off to reboot.  Just keep your eyes on the prize, and you will climb over that wall.  You still may have moments of frustration and exhaustion, but you will get through it.

Whatever you do, just do not fall into the trap of not keeping up with simulating practice exams!  Simulation — fully writing out each assigned exam under timed, realistic conditions, regardless of whether you feel comfortable enough with the law to do so — should be your top priority for the rest of the summer.  Hopefully you will not find yourself in a position where you feel like you have no choice but to cut something from your list, but if you do, do not let it be exam simulation. By far, the most common comment from repeat-takers is, “I didn’t write enough practice exams.”

If you fall behind overall, look at every missed assignment individually, and parse it out over the next week or so.  (Did you miss doing 30 MBEs? Move ten to each of the next three days. A three-hour video? Do the same with one-hour chunks, etc.)  Looking at things this way makes them seem much more manageable than viewing them together as entire days’ worth of material.

Bar prep is no fun, but remember: You GET to take the bar — you do not HAVE to take the bar, no matter what you believe is at stake.  This is your choice, and you are so fortunate to have been able to make it.

Keep working hard!  I’m very proud of all of you!


One Response to “Hitting the Wall”

  1. […] Bar Month approaching and more bar applicants hitting the wall of stress and exhaustion, now might be a good time to share some motivational thoughts for the last […]

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