It’s difficult to think of any instance when procrastination has a positive outcome. Most of the time, you just end up with frustration. You’ve taken enough tests as a student to know this yourself. Studying for the bar exam is no different. In fact, waiting until the last minute to prepare for the bar is one of the worst decisions you can make.
Considering all of the pressure that you’re already under to pass the bar, why make the experience more stressful by procrastinating?
Not Enough Time
By delaying your study plans for the bar, you’re going to feel more pressed for time when you finally do sit down and hit the books. Even if you’re taking a prep course, it probably won’t be enough to pass. Yes, the best review course will provide you with the information and the tools you need, but it’s not enough just to go to class; make sure you complete all of the work before it’s due.
Without mapping out a study schedule and sticking to it, your mind will be more consumed about the lack of time you have left before the exam rather than learning and retaining important legal knowledge you need to know. If you’ve put off studying, you’ll likely take one look at the long list of reading material, practice exams and essays, and get so overwhelmed that you won’t be able to concentrate—giving up before you even begin.
This is why you must resist the urge to procrastinate. Of course, you may still feel anxious about the work ahead of you, but at least you’ll know that you’re on the right track, and you’ve given yourself enough time to review all the necessary material.
Overworked and Overwhelmed
Because procrastination limits how much time you have to study, you may feel you can’t take a break once you finally get started. That’s when the non-stop studying commences and your mental health declines. Maybe you live at the library or partake in all-nighters studying, but being stressed, overworked and sleep-deprived will hurt your chances of passing the bar because you won’t be able to concentrate.
Sooner Rather Than Later
Your preparation should begin sooner rather than later. Keeping organized and staying on a schedule with the help of a bar prep course will make the experience more manageable. One simple, but significant, way to begin preparing before your prep course even starts is reviewing bar questions from past exams. Answering the question of the day is easy, and you’ll walk into your first class knowing that you’ve already put in some work to help you pass the exam.
The key is to be proactive—so don’t procrastinate!