Whether you failed the bar exam or want to pass the first time around, now is a good time to take a step back and assess your study plan. One of the most common misconceptions is that you should do more of what you did before to succeed. Instead of adding more hours to your already long study schedule, take the time to identify what you did (or could be doing) wrong and how to course-correct.
Reason 1: Passive Learning
According to neuroscientists from U.C. Berkeley, you can improve your reasoning skills by actively analyzing and synthesizing information. Answering practice questions or making flashcards—as opposed to passively reading outlines or watching videos—can help alter the connections in your brain to improve your ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information. These skills are essential to your success on the bar exam!
Unfortunately, many students go through the motions of studying without digesting the material in a meaningful way. Here are some ways you can get the most out of active learning and avoid this trap:
Reason 2: Misallocating Your Study Time
Studying more is seldom the right answer. Studies have shown that constant studying or studying too much at once can reduce long-term retention of information. It’s how you spend your time studying that makes the difference. Use the following strategies to get the most out of your study time:
Reason 3: Self-Sabotaging Behavior
Old habits die hard and may be holding you back. For example, your drive for perfection is impressive—except when you’re in a time crunch. It could cause you to spend too much time perfecting one subject area and not leave enough time for others. Orit could keep you from moving onto the next essay on exam day. In other cases, you may need to develop new strategies to cope with exam pressure. Take this time to consider whether your habits or tendencies will negatively impact you on test day and find ways to address them now.
Now that you know the top reasons why students fail the bar exam, you can avoid these common traps and course correct now. By actively engaging with study materials and better allocating your study time, you can increase your chances of success on exam day.
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