Alternative Outline for Contracts and Sales, Note on Supplements, and Upcoming

Hello all,

After doing some thinking – and updating – I decided to upload my “crunch time” contracts outline, a nontraditional outline that I color coded and made in a way that (I think) flows. This may not work for some people, but I wanted to upload it to show that there is no “wrong way” to study or condense materials. The only requirement, in my opinion, is that it work for you. I also have a more traditionally styled Civil Procedure outline that I hope to upload and am in the process of updating.

I also wanted to show how some memory devices can be/were implemented, and how sometimes the best mnemonics or memory devices and tricks for YOU are not in your lectures.

Below find links to both a colorized and black-and-white PDF version of the contracts and sales outline, or find them on our Study Materials Page!

contracts and sales mini color – copy

contracts and sales mini – copy

SOON TO COME: Based on requests, I am going to work on compiling a document of memory devices, mnemonics, and tricks that I found helpful and/or came up with.

Finally, if you are beginning to freak out or feel bar-prep-company overwhelmed, I would recommend you look into or buy any supplements by tomorrow. As far as supplements I prefer and have reviewed, you can find my reviews archived on this website. You should have no difficulty with either discount link below, but if you do encounter an issue, please feel free to contact me.

STUDICATA DISCOUNT CODE/LINK: DISCOUNT
CRITICAL PASS: DISCOUNT

Studicata 2.0 Product Review & Discount Code

For those who are unfamiliar with Studicata or Studicata as a supplement, click here to learn more about Studicata and its various supplemental uses and features. The attack outlines and essay templates are still available for purchase, but this particular post is dedicated to Studicata’s new 6-week self-study program.
What is included? A copy of Emmanuel’s MBE strategies & tactics, the Studicata Battle Plan, which familiarizes examinees with the UBE, Studicata itself, and introduces a flexible prospective study schedule as well as a look at some of their test frequency data. Students also receive the Studicata Attack outlines, organized by area and accompanied by a frequency meter based on their research; condensed “Quicksheets” for last-minute review or to expedite review; access to Studicata’s quickly expanding video library and the ability to add to this library through weekly “Q&A” videos; access to a private facebook group with other examinees and law students through attorney’s; access to printable and Quizlet-App flashcards; finally, examinees receive 4 full MBE practice exams with detailed explanatory answers as to why an answer choice is correct as well as why the other 3 choices are incorrect. Finally, Studicata provides access to SEVERAL practice MEE essays and links to where an examinee can procure more, as well as various links to the NCBE study aid store or website and even to other bar exam supplement programs. This last component is what makes Studicata stand out – it truly is a product that is aimed at seeing examinees succeed.

Note that I call the schedule in the battle plan a “flexible, prospective” study schedule. The reason for this is that Studicata has a hierarchy of “Rules of Engagement” for their program, and the first and paramount among these is to do what is best for YOU, the examinee.
This may simply be my opinion or preference, but I happen to like that this program is built on and their “rules of engagement” premised on doing – first and foremost – what is good for the examinee using their product. I have found some traditional and some supplemental programs to be far too rigid in structure, almost assuming that their method of studying is THE method one should use for preparation or learning. I have also seen and heard of programs becoming overwhelming to the point that people are often seeking alternatives that conform more to their study style or simply do not make them feel overwhelmed.
Ok, but what is the cost? The Studicata self-study program is designed for 6 weeks and costs a mere $497.00. I say “mere,” because that is not only a fraction of a traditional bar prep company, or a fraction of some competitor programs, but – for perspective – it is also a fraction of whatever the cost of the device you are reading this review on, whether it be your phone, a tablet, or a laptop.
But I already bought an Emmanuel/Studicata! Have an Emmanuel that you do not want to purchase a second time? Studicata thought of that. Simply enter the coupon code “REMOVE” at checkout to deduct the price of the Emmanuel from your overall purchase.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED STUDICATA AND WANT TO UPGRADE TO THE NEW PROGRAM: send an email to info@studicata.com and you may upgrade to their new system, less the cost of your original purchase.
What do I like about it? Many, many things. I have found their videos, which are really bonus content (after a fashion) to be clear and concise. I am a sucker for color-coding and find frequency analysis to be helpful and – in my experience – on point with those areas that your lecturer’s are saying to “hang a star,” next to or to focus on because they will be “heavily tested,” such as negligence in Torts. Real quick, Studicata does negligence the way negligence should be done (in my opinion) – that simple. But on top of all that, you get attack outlines that are substantially shorter that traditional bar prep outlines and yet manage to clear away the clutter and explain things in a clearer, more concise way. Furthermore, the essay templates are very, very good and I know firsthand that I am far from the only person who thinks so. For those who may not know, the Essay Templates are fill-in-the-blank style and also are phrased in a simple manner that – where applicable – you can literally draw a flow chart or visual aid from what you are reading.
The Bottom Line: Studicata as a company now offers functions as a self-study system, and continues to sell their most popular and well-reviewed products separately as supplements. It is affordable, the staff have put a great many hours into the products themselves and frequency analysis, and it can turn what is normally a rigid and difficult experience into one that can conform to study habits and methods that you know work for YOU, rather than a program that is rigid, overwhelming, or both. Hence my high recommendation.*
I thought I read this because you had a discount code..? Truth. My discount code is here and please feel free to see and hear more about the new studicata program for yourself with Michael, the Co-founder of Studicata here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USB6fuxDWoo&feature=youtu.be

If you have further questions about studicata, I would be happy to answer them to the best of my ability. However, I am neither an agent of nor staff member at Studicata, and would therefore encourage you to use their homepage chat function or contact e-mail for any substantive questions.

*I highly recommend this product, whether an examinee opts to take the supplemental route or go for the full self-study system, but I urge examinees not to wait until the week before the exam to buy the product. This goes for ANY product.

July Homestretch Motivation

Hi all,

I wanted to do a quick post after consulting my calendar and realizing that not only is it July 1, but in give or take 20-some days you will be sitting for the Bar Exam. I just want to say and for you to know that AHHHH OH MY GOD THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER IS NOW TOO CLOSE TO ENDING AND YOU SHOULD BE BUGGING OUT!

Apologies, but I know that the majority of you are feeling at least some component of the above statement and wanted to reassure you that is normal, both for first time takers and repeat takers. First timers, it will be a new experience for you and it is unlike any exam you have previously taken and you are probably nervous or afraid and may  be taking the exam in very unfamiliar locations. Repeaters, I think it’s a safe bet to say there is a fear of not passing again and like first-timers, you may also not be in an ideal or familiar location. It doesn’t matter.

Stay calm, and study on. Give yourselves credit for the amount of work you have put in thus far, and keep practicing and reviewing. Remember: mind over matter. Whether you are a bit (or very) scared, anxious, uncomfortable, or anything of that sort, sit down with a sibling or parent or – if they are not taking the exam – a very good friend, and just start talking about the law, talk about issues and how or why X doesn’t matter because the law states you need Y and Z. Literally verbally regurgitate what you know or recall, even if you decide to record yourself or simply read material out loud. I found that doing so tended to boost my confidence, underscore the result of all the time and hard work I had put in, and also illuminate areas that required clarification.

I know that July 1st seems to have this psychological effect on a lot of examinees despite the fact that, from another point of view, it’s just one day fewer than you had yesterday. Be confident, be strong, and do not let last minute nerves or fear of not passing send your study schedule/system into disarray or deter you from sitting for the exam. To paraphrase Nelson Mandela:

Courage is not an absence of fear, but the strength to overcome it.

 

 

Survey Results & Takeaways

For the 10-day period from the period of June 18th thru the last response which (I believe) was yesterday, June 28th.survey1

Takeaway 1: As you can see, you should not be panicking that you aren’t at a certain percentage by today, the vast majority of your peers are in the same boat – over 77% of them, if you want to go by this survey. Yes, I am aware the smaller the sample size the greater the margin of error, but working with the best data I have available, it certainly seems that the trend at the moment is 20-60%, which is a fair distance from the magic number or target percentage your program suggested.

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Takeaway 2: In terms of the MBE, which are also fair game for the MEE, 50% of people that answered the survey found that property is the MBE topic they fear most, and that is understandable given the breadth of the topic. Somewhat surprisingly (at least, to me) Constitutional Law is 2nd and Evidence 3rd, suggesting those are the topics that I should focus on but also that – again, temporarily forgetting the margin of error – examinees can focus their studies on to score points in relation to other examinees, AND…

Takeaway 3: that you are not alone in how you feel. I can’t attempt to predict more without further data, such as if it is mortgages and the land sale contract type issues, auction/foreclosure stuff, covenants, servitudes, and easements, etc.

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I think this one speaks for itself, but it is interesting to note that this question does not directly correlate with data on percentage complete of a bar prep program. But shake out those nerves and carry on bar preppers – it’s essentially the home stretch.

Survey/Poll – Last Chance!

Hi Folks!
Last week I posted an anonymous survey/poll and was hoping for more responses so that I could do a post on what the data indicates and it is also set for results to be viewable (by you) upon completion. It’s just 3 questions and again, anonymous. The data I am trying to get is where I should focus study aids and strategies or tips on MBE topic-wise, confidence level at ROUGHLY the halfway mark, and % complete at this point. In other words, the questions are which MBE topic you worry about most, selecting a range for your % complete, and choosing an answer to describe your confidence level.

Currently (and surprisingly) Constitutional Law is the most “worriesome” topic for the MBE thus far; I thought it would be property and/or evidence, which are in 2nd and 3rd place. The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5Y8GMJ or can be found in my original post Here

Keep studying!

Time for a Quick Survey and Post

Just a 3 question survey for examinees to help see if commonalities exist, general confidence, and what MBE topic you feel worst about – even if it is essays on the topic that scare you. It is completely anonymous. You can take the survey HERE!

Monday Motivation

Hello Bar Examinees!

Is this you?

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Well that’s okay, everyone should take the Bar seriously. The key is to keep pushing. Remember, this may seem overwhelming, but it is temporary.

Some wise words to go by – and remember, mind over matter!

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford

EDIT/NOTE: I know this was not published Monday. I scheduled it to be published Monday – or so I thought – and for whatever reason it did not get posted. However, the message and point are still valid despite it being a Tuesday 😉