Submitted by kate_Hartman
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On June 4th, 2007, Sintecho asked: What is the best way to study for the Bar exam? So I admit that Barbri really isn't doing it for me. The classes are SO boring, and though I try to stay focused and take notes, it is hard to motivate with the bar so far off. Can anyone who has taken the bar weigh in on how much you really need to study and what the best methods are?
I am sure you have noticed that the rest of your bar bri classmates are also dozing off during the (very, very boring) lecture. I wouldn’t worry about it. First off, taking good notes is a great foundation, so keep going to class and taking notes, you’ll be surprised how much gets stuck in your brain if you just take notes. And second, the real studying will come around July 4 – when you realize the bar is two weeks away. That’s ok. It really is enough time. What really helped me were flash cards that I made myself (in my experience flashcards I made are more helpful than any I borrowed/bought, since I learn also by writing them out). Flashcards are great because (i) you can continue to review parts you haven’t yet learned without having to spend time reviewing or flipping through notes of things you know well and (ii) you can take a small stack with you anywhere, which lets you study while you wait for the bus, stand in line at the bank, take your dog to the park, etc. Hope that helps. GOOD LUCK, and don’t stress – for the first time in your life, all you have to do is pass.