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Bar Exam Peak Study Time

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Do you ever wonder when is the best time during the day to study for the bar exam?  Have you felt that your energy increases during certain time periods and wanes during others?

The reason for that is your body has an energy clock.  If you are able to synchronize your studying with your energy clock, you will be more efficient and do better in your bar prep by synchronizing your energy and alertness levels with your study time.

According to a combination of studies conducted by USC and Penn State, knowing your body clock and can lead to more effectiveness, a healthier life, and better results.

Your Bar Exam Body Clock

Although, body clocks vary from person to person, here are some general rules to follow:

  • Most adults perform best in late morning
  • A warm morning shower can jump start your day
  • People are more prone to distraction from 12pm to 4pm
  • Sleepiness peaks at 2pm
  • Exercising between 3pm and 6pm makes you less prone to injury
  • Evening study, even when you’re a little bit tired, may be best for novel thinking (thinking up new ideas)

But, the good news for bar takers is that analytical thinking performance remains mostly constant throughout the day.

Your productivity also depends on whether you are a morning person or evening person.  Morning people are early risers and peak early in the day.  Evening people wake up later, start more slowly, and peak at night.

Optimal Bar Exam Study Schedule

Here is a sample bar exam study schedule you can follow according to your body clock tendencies.  Obviously, a combining the ideas and catering them to your own style will be most beneficial.

Morning People – Get the most intensive studying completed in the morning

  • Start with a hot shower in the morning
  • Eat a good, hearty breakfast
  • Study until late morning
  • 12pm – Take a lunch break
  • Do some lighter studying or reviewing of rules or notes
  • 3pm – Take a break, a light nap, call some friends or family
  • Do some lighter studying or reviewing of rules or notes
  • 6pm – Eat dinner
  • Do light studying
  • Exercise
  • Hour of Power – relax and prepare for the next day
  • Sleep (8 hours)

Evening People – Get the most intensive studying completed in the evening

  • Eat breakfast
  • Do some life maintenance activities or light reading and studying
  • Eat lunch
  • Light to Medium study
  • Exercise
  • Dinner
  • Intensive Studying
  • Hour of Power – relax and prepare for the next day
  • Sleep (8 hours)
Now, you know your body.  Thus, in time, you will read:
“This name appears on the pass list”

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