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Common Myths of Law School Exams

You want to do well on your exams, which is why you’ve asked more experienced students how to best prepare.

Here’s one more piece of advice: You might want to ignore everything they’ve told you.

When it comes to how to do well on law school exams, there are more myths than there are easy conclusions to which to jump.

Here are four of the biggest myths related to exam prep—and why to ignore them.

You need to study every waking minute of every hour of every day

Could you imagine how poorly you’d perform on exams if you actually took this advice? You’d be so burnt out by the time exams rolled around that you’d probably just take a nap instead of showing up on campus.

No matter how bent on succeeding you are, give yourself a break every now and then. Create a study schedule and build in regular intervals of mental downtime. You’ll be surprised how ideas and comprehension can come to you—seemingly out of nowhere—while you’re watching some bad reality TV or out for a leisurely stroll.

You need to make the library your second home

You’ve probably received this little nugget of advice from lawyers who graduated from law school pre-internet. Ignore it.

Go to the library when you need to go to the library. These days, most of what you need to successfully prepare for exams can be accessed anywhere you have a computer and wi-fi.

You need to stay focused on studying

Don’t get the wrong idea: Focus is a good thing. But you also need to distract yourself every now and then (see the first myth to ignore)—and you definitely need to take care of other important matters like paying bills, eating right and getting enough sleep. Ignoring everything but studying will just put more pressure on you.

Save the practice test for the day before the exam

This makes no sense. Take the practice test early. Take it often. See what you did right and what you did wrong. Give yourself plenty of time to figure it out.


About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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