Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Bar Exam Prep Takers

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Are you worried you’re not spending enough time studying for the bar exam?  Are you scared you’re not studying the right things?  What about your essays?  Are others passing and you are not?


One of the most exhaustive, de-energizing, and least effective methods to help you pass your bar exam is incessant worrying about what other people are doing.

Who cares?

If you have a good bar prep system in place, and are following the true and tried steps to passing the bar exam, there really is no reason to worry about others and what they’re doing.

That being said, a little bit of scoping out what others are doing is probably ok.  Because the ‘true and tried’ path is not always very clear, getting a general idea, without obsessing, about what kinds of things other people are studying is ok.

Here’s a few things I’ll share:

1) Are you worried about others passing the barbri essays and you’re not?  I only passed one barbri essay.

2) How much time are you spending studying per day?  On average, I spent only 4 hours outside of my 4 hour barbri class.

3) What kinds of things are you studying?  I recommend focusing mostly on actual practice essays, MBE’s, and PT’s and less time on rules.

4) Are you behind on your barbri paced schedule? So are 100% of other bar exam takers. Yes, 100%!

The hazard with obsessing about what others are doing is the worry and energy you’re going to spend on them.

Who says they know what they’re doing any more than you do!?

You know what to do.  Read the bar exam blogs online.  Look at what your bar exam prep program or study schedule assigns. Listen to others to get a general idea, then get back to focusing on what you need to do, not what others are doing.

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