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.

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 😉

Bar Motivation

As the big day gets closer and study days get longer, I know some (if  not many) of you will need or be looking for an extra something to keep you grinding and drilling. Thus, the “Bar Motivation,” Page.

To celebrate this inaugural motivational post, a quote from a longtime favorite of mine – J.K. Rowling:

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Choose to push forward, to know and identify your weaknesses and strengths, to practice and work like never before, and go into the Bar Exam on test day knowing that you made the right choices. Do not allow poor performance in one area or struggling in one area stop you or bring you down, but rise to the occasion.