Making Bar Prep Fun

Ashley Heidemann is the owner and founder of JD Advising, a law school and bar exam prep company offering services ranging from LSAT tutoring and application assistance to bar exam tutoring, courses and seminars.


We know that the words “bar prep” and “fun” aren’t usually used in the same sentence. However, in this post I’ll share a few ideas that you can use to make bar prep fun (or at least, not as dreadful as it may seem!)


1 | Get new study supplies.

The prospect of new study supplies may sound boring to some. But since you went through law school and likely spent your days with several different color highlighters and pens, you may enjoy new study supplies.

Consider investing in a new set of highlighters, colored pens, sticky notes, post-it flags, a notepad, a calendar, binder clips, or whatever else you think may help you get through bar prep. You may actually find yourself looking forward to getting started.


2| Spend time with positive people.

You may have some friends that are very anxious during bar exam prep and their stress may rub off on you. Rather than spending time with them, spend time with people who are positive and calm. This may mean that you find a new study group. Or it may mean that you take a break from your law school friends altogether. Who you spend time with can greatly affect your attitude and your mental health. This is especially true during bar prep.


3 | Motivate yourself by scheduling breaks.

When you are studying for the bar exam, don’t plan on studying for ten hours each day without breaks. That is counterproductive. Instead, schedule breaks throughout the day.

You could plan on taking a fifteen-minute break in the morning to eat a snack or call a friend. You could also plan a longer lunch break where you go on a short walk and get something to eat. You could also plan something fun in the evening – even if it is just eating dinner at home and watching your favorite television show.

Taking breaks will help you concentrate and make your study time more productive. Having an idea of what you will do during your breaks will motivate you to get through studying and will help make bar prep more fun.


4 | Don’t forget the small things.

You can also make the process of studying for the bar exam more fun by incorporating pleasant rituals into your studying and your day.

Drink your favorite tea or coffee while you watch your bar review lectures. Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel good. Make a music playlist that you enjoy listening to while you study (or invest in some high-quality ear plugs if you prefer silence!). Clean off your desk and organize your study environment so that you can focus on what you are studying each day.


5 | Mix up your routine.

The last tip to help you make bar prep fun is to change your routine so that you do not get bored! 

One option could be to change where you study. If you always study at home, try studying at a coffee shop or library. 

Or you may want to change when you study. You could try getting up earlier and ending the day a little earlier.

Another option could be changing how you study. Consider incorporating practice exams in your weekly routine, or studying with a friend or study group. 

These changes to your routine may seem small, but they can make a big difference in your productivity. And they can make bar prep more fun!



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