To follow up on studytime:
I think it differs from person to person. One of my classmates only put in 3-4 hours a day, although he’s a father of 3 and simply didn’t have the time to do what I did. Also, he took Michigan, which might have been quite different from my bar.
My M-F schedule went something like this:
9 AM-noon (varied): BAR/BRI class
1-4: Tried to get in 50 PMBR multistate questions per day, including review answers.
4-8: Worked on BAR/BRI homework.
8-9: Late dinner.
9-1: Worked on BAR/BRI essays.
I experimented with my scheduled a lot, but the one consistent thing was my 50 questions a day. (These did become second nature after awhile, and I will say that a number of PMBR’s fact patters–maybe 10-20 of them–were on this year’s MBE, and I’m sure that I nailed them.) I’ll add the following:
-I deviated from BAR/BRI’s calendar pretty quickly. BAR/BRI gives you set homework for everyday, and it’s assumed that you’ll follow it. BAR/BRI does NOT work in time to do your PMBR work, which I tried to stick to anyway as the multistate can have a drastic effect on your PA scores.
-BAR/BRI’s Multistate problems were terrible. The fact patterns tended to be either too easy, too hard, or too long. Additionally, they were too unlike PMBR’s patterns, which, IMO, appear to be more similar to what the NCBX actually asks.
-BAR/BRI does have a book of “released questions” which WERE helpful, but only because they came from the NCBX themselves.
-It’s best to read through unfamiliar subjects slowly. I’ve never taken Commercial Paper, and I had trouble with Secured Transactions in law school, so I should have taken them more slowly rather than cram-panicked in the end. (Ironically, neither was on the PA bar itself.)
-I took an actual old MBE test. This was helpful, although the most recent test you can order from them is from 1998 (which, again, was drastically different from the crap I took this year).
-I tried to maintain hobbies. I collect Star Wars figures and comic books, and tried to keep up my interest in them up until the last 2 weeks before the test. I also worked in time to watch The Simpsons at least a few times a week.
-Possibly the most harrowing thing was that my finance was living with me for the summer. It was difficult for her to be around me, yet not be able to do anything with me because my studies were (in theory) more important than snuggle time. We made it a point of reserving Saturday evenings and Sundays for ourselves, plus we’d always have meals together. She understood, though, and was a big help. (And she’s taking the bar in 2 years, so we get to go through this all over again.)
This was probably the most painful summer of my life, though. I have been seriously relaxing for the last week so far, and I have 2 more weeks of vacation ahead of me.
Of course, I get to panic again in October when the bar results will be announced. Rest assured, you’ll hear about it, either in MPSIMS or the Pit depending on how it turns out.
Hmmmm…maybe I’ll start an “Ask the Guy Who Just Took the Bar Exam” thread in MPSIMS if there’s any interest. Any takers?