My Bar Exam Flashcards Story
My Bar Exam Flashcards Story: Most everyone takes some risks in their bar prep studying; most make some misstates as well. One of the keys to creating a study strategy that works best for you, and to help minimize the negative consequences of your mistakes and risks, is to understand how you learn. One of the biggest risks that I (Laura) took while studying for the bar was to insert the creation of flashcards into my study schedule. Unfortunately I let this extra task spiral out of control. It took too much time away from other important aspects of bar preparation. My mistake was not fatal however, because I understood enough about myself and how I learn to make sure that I got enough value out of my flash card project.
Are you a visual person? Do you prefer colors, pictures, and diagrams over black-and-white words? It might be worth it to try incorporating some diagrams into your law school outlines.
For example, contract formation can be broken down using words. This can help you memorize the elements of contract formation and become familiar with the words. However, you can put the same exact outline into picture format, as is pictured to the left.
Even if you are not a “visual” person, sometimes it helps to break things up and use a visual method to memorize a concept. This can be especially helpful with trickier concepts, for example, UCC 2-207. Most students struggle with UCC 2-207 quite a bit. If you put it into a picture format (as pictured below) it can really help you memorize it. Continue reading