GUEST BLOG by Harrison Thorne,
Graduate of UCLA Law
I signed up for BARBRI’s live lecture, and planned on going to the lectures every day.
However, after some introspection, I realized that I do my best work first thing in the morning. I like to wake up around 6:00, take my dog out, shower, and get to work. I could be listening to the lecture by approximately 6:45 am every day, and finish it up around 9:45-10:00. This is more appealing for me than waiting until 9:00 to begin the live lecture.
There are downsides to not attending the live lectures, though.
These include: being at home too much, not being accountable to anybody, not interacting with people, and not mixing up study environment. However, I believe that for me, the benefits of starting early and at my own pace outweigh these negatives. Nonetheless, everything is conjecture at this point, as I have yet to study for the Bar Exam. If online lectures do not work out, I will go to the live lectures. I believe the key is to (a) know yourself and what works, and (b) remain adaptable and willing to change when things are not working.
My tentative schedule will include lots of study time, but also daily free time. At least in the beginning, I believe it will be important to maintain the activities I enjoy. I likely worked 40-70 hours per week in law school, but I was driving to and from school, meeting professors, walking around campus, etc. The Bar, on the other hand, will entail studying in one room all summer. There are far fewer “changes” of scenery to help with boredom. Thus, I believe it will be important to have something to look forward to daily. Therefore, I will include fun activities at the end of my day, every day.
- 6:00: wake up
- 6:45: begin lecture
- 10:00: finish lecture
- 10:00-11:30: study
- 11:30-12:30: lunch break (eat, walk dog, etc)
- 12:30-5:30/6:00: study
- 6:00-10:00: free time
Saturday & Sunday:
- Same, but I will either begin studying 1.5 hours later, or end 1.5 hours earlier
I plan on stopping work by no later than 6:00 pm every day. That way, I have time to go to the gym, hang out with my friends/family/girlfriend, go to movies, and anything else I might want to do. I will revise this schedule as needed, but I believe that this is enough time, daily, to learn what I need to learn.