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This post welcomes you on your odyssey to pass the bar examination. I am glad you found this blog, and I hope that it can provide at least some help and comfort to you as you begin studying for the bar exam. (If you haven't already selected a bar exam study course, check out this post.)
In my opinion, the bar examination is a test that is as much about your state of mind as it is about how much and how well you have studied black letter law. It is my belief that you need to understand yourself and figure out how to remain calm during the preparation and test-taking process. You need to understand the process of diligent preparation for the act (praxis) of taking the test before you can study appropriately to learn the information needed to pass the bar examination. (You can even have some fun and study for the bar exam while playing board games.)
I recommend that you read my posts about general mental preparation before you read the posts about studying for particular segments of the bar exam.
First, read my posts on (1) diligence, (2) anticipation of conditions, and (3) stress reduction. I suggest that you digest the contents of these posts for a week or so before reading anything else.
Second, once you have begun to implement the ideas and suggestions contained in these three posts on mental preparedness, read the posts about studying for the discrete segments of the bar examination: (1) MBE study and test tips, (2) essay writing tips, and (3) performance test tips. (Also, if you are taking the Oregon bar exam or the California bar exam, you might want to check out my Oregon bar outlines and my California bar outlines.)
Finally, a few weeks before the February 2010 bar exam (near the end of January), I suggest you read my post about how to make the actual test-taking experience a successful one.
Thank you for reading and good luck!