In my opinion, success on the bar examination 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 of taking the test before you can study appropriately to learn the information needed to pass the bar examination.
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 exam outlines or my California bar exam outlines.)
Third, be sure to read my posts about why practice tests matter and lessons learned from analyzing the reasons someone failed the bar exam.
"Learning isn't about memorizing isolated facts; it's about connecting and manipulating them."
If you are feeling overwhelmed just by reading this "quick start" guide or because you have just started studying for the bar exam, you should read my post about how the feeling of being overwhelmed will subside as you work your way through your bar exam preparations.
Next, head on over to my new blog, Bar Exam Mind, and read about creating your bar exam level set and how to use visualization to help you prepare for the exam.
If you are worried about bar exam stress, consider purchasing my strategy guide for how to deal with bar exam stress, anxiety and fear.
Finally, a few weeks before the start date of the bar exam (and before you make your hotel reservations), 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!
PS -- If you would like a list of bar exam prep resources, be sure to download my Ultimate Bar Exam Prep Resource Guide.