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5 Top Study Tips for the Last Half of Your Bar Exam Prep

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on June 21, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

July bar takers, you are halfway there. Many of you have been studying for about a month and have just over one month left to go. Congrats? It probably doesn't feel like it now, buried as you are under flashcards and crippling anxiety, but you've already accomplished a lot.

Now is the home stretch. To help you ace your bar exam, here are our five top study tips from the FindLaw archives.

1. Squashing Stress, Preventing Panic During Bar Exam Crunch Time

You're not down to the wire just yet, but you're getting there. And about halfway into bar prep is when your fear of failure can really take hold. You still haven't mastered MBE. Your essay on mortgages was nonsense. What are you going to do? Don't worry, you're going to get through this. Here's some help.

2. Be a Better Lawyer by Handwriting Your Notes

If you're like most of us, you probably spent all of law school and undergrad typing notes furiously into a laptop. But you weren't doing yourself any favors. Research from UCLA proves what those strange handwriters in Torts knew all along: taking notes the old-fashioned way helps students learn material better and retain information longer. So when it comes to bar prep, invest in some Bics.

3. Time Management Tips: How to Get More Out of Every Hour

If you feel like you've fallen behind in your first month of study, you've got a whole other month to make it up. Telling yourself to just "work harder" isn't going to cut it though. Make sure you're using your time better by following these time management tips.

4. The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep to Your Practice

Whether you're a lawyer or just studying to be one, you need to sleep. Staying up all night to re-watch a lecture or stress over an MBE question set is going to leave you worse for wear the next day.

5. Study 100 Hours, Pass the Bar Exam?

Have you been slacking off? Maybe studying a bit less than you should? Well, one Stanford Law grad has you beat. This lawyer spent only 100 hours studying for the California bar exam -- and passed. Here's how he did it, but we don't suggest following his example.

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