This was a good experience because, much like what I expect to happen during the bar exam, I was working near strangers in a room that I had never been in before.
When it comes to studying for the bar, it is clear that “bar-preppers” are creatures of habit.
The library, the local coffee shop, the kitchen table; everyone has their favorite study spot. I recently received some advice from a lawyer about the need to switch environments when it comes to studying for the bar exam.
The lawyer told me that it is a good idea to change your study spot every so often in order to get used to working in a new environment in an attempt to adapt to the unfamiliar location of the bar exam. For many students, the bar exam is administered in a place that is completely new and foreign. In Michigan, the July bar exam takes place at the Michigan State University basketball arena, also known as the Breslin Center. As I have never studied, nor taken a huge exam, in a basketball arena, I decided to take this advice to heart and study in a new environment.
Throughout bar prep, I have been studying at my law school. This is unfamiliar for me because I have always studied at home for law school exams. At first, it took a while to get acquainted with the new space. Overall, it was a good experience because I was able to test myself by studying in an unfamiliar environment with distractions that are different than what I am accustomed to.
In an attempt to really try out this method of studying in a completely new environment, I went to the public library. This was a good experience because, much like what I expect to happen during the bar exam, I was working near strangers in a room that I had never been in before. It took me some time to get used to being in such an unfamiliar space, but I am glad that I am using my study time to discover by strengths and weaknesses so that when it comes time to taking the bar exam, I will be ready to perform.
Throughout bar prep, I plan on studying in different environments every so often in order to mentally prepare myself for the unfamiliar setting of the bar exam. I think that this strategy will help me to #OwnTheBar.
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