3 Ways to Improve Bar Exam Essay Time Management & $200 Off Our July 2015 Fundamentals Program

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Welcome to the latest issue of our California Bar Exam Newsletter. For those of you taking the July 2015 California bar exam, we hope your review is progressing well. In this issue, we consider:

  • Important California Bar Exam Dates
  • July 2015 Paced and Fundamentals Programs Available
  • California Bar Exam Essays In Depth: 3 Ways to Improve California Bar Exam Essay Time Management
  • California Bar Exam Newsletter Discount: $200 off our July 2015 Fundamentals Program and $50 off our July 2015 Performance Test Program

Important Upcoming California Bar Exam Dates


  • July 2015 Final Filing Deadline: June 15, 2015
  • July 2015 Exam: July 28, 29, and 30, 2015
  • July 2015 Exam Results: November 20, 2015

July 2015 California Paced and Fundamentals Programs Available


A few spots remain in our Paced and Fundamentals programs for the July 2015 exam. With over six weeks prior to the July exam, either program can be completed via our Expedited Scheduling (1 submission every 2 days) and our Fundamentals program can be completed in just 4 weeks via our Accelerated (1 submission every 3 days) Scheduling.

California Bar Exam Essays In Depth: 3 Ways to Improve California Bar Exam Essay Time Management


The value of effective time management on the California bar exam essays cannot be overstated. Adhering to sound time management principles can prevent a host of bar exam calamities, including the "I only had 20 minutes for the last essay" or the "I don't know what happened, I just stared at the fact pattern for 45 minutes." Problems like these can be avoided if individuals adhere to a few, simple time management guidelines.

1. Obey the 1-Hour Time Limit. Each essay on the California bar exam is designed and tested to be answered in 1 hour. Accordingly, and although seemingly obvious, an individual should spend no more than 1 hour per essay. The primary problem created by exceeding the 1-hour time limit on an essay is the collateral damage inflicted upon subsequent essays. For example, if you spend 90 minutes on Question 1, then you will only have 90 minutes to answer Questions 2 and 3. Since each essay is designed to be answered in 1 hour, trying to answer one or two subsequent essays in only 45 minutes places an individual at a fundamental disadvantage. You can avoid such a predicament by simply obeying the 1-hour time limit for all 6 essays. The "extra points" you think you are getting by spending too much time on one essay will not make up for the points lost on the essays given less attention.

2. Follow The 1/3 - 2/3 Rule. Another common time management problem individuals face on an individual essay is spending either too little or too much time reading, organizing, and outlining their answers. Some individuals will read the question and begin writing an answer immediately. The result is typically an unorganized mess that omits a number of key issues. Conversely, other individuals will spend too much time reading the question, fretting and worrying, instead of simply getting down to the business of writing out an answer. To avoid either of these scenarios, we always espouse that individuals follow the "1/3-2/3 Rule," allocating 1/3 of their time to reading, organizing, and outlining an answer and devoting the remaining 2/3 of the allotted time to writing out the answer. For individuals that adhere to the 1-hour time limit per essay, the application of this rule results in 20 minutes for organizing an answer and 40 minutes for writing the answer.

3. Practice! You wouldn't dream of taking the MBE portion of the California bar exam without consistent, regular multiple choice practice questions that provide you answer explanations. Likewise, you shouldn't prepare for essays without regular essay practice. One of the best ways to improve essay time management is via regular essay practice under exam-like conditions. This practice will acclimate you to the 1 hour time limit and the length of fact patterns. One of the most common errors we see across bar reviews and bar exam preparation is the failure to regularly practice the written components of the bar exam, including both essays and performance tests.

California Bar Exam Newsletter Discounts: $200 OFF Our July 2015 Fundamentals Program AND $50 Off our Performance Test Program


For those of you needing essay assistance, we encourage you to consider our Fundamentals program. You can receive $200 off our July 2015 Fundamentals program until June 18, 2015, or until all spots are filled, whichever comes first. The Fundamentals program can be completed in 4 weeks with our Accelerated Scheduling and just over 2 weeks with Expedited Scheduling. To obtain $200 off utilize the discount code JULY15CA at checkout. Learn more, signup now, and begin the program immediately at: http://barreviewsolutions.com/catalog/calbar/tutoringsolution

If your essay skills are up to par but your Performance Test ability is struggling, then we encourage you to consider our California Performance Test Tutoring Solution. You can receive $50 off this program until June 18, 2015. This program can be completed in as little as 1 week (with Expedited Scheduling) or spread out over 3- 6 weeks with Traditional (once a week) Scheduling. To obtain $50 off utilize the discount code 50CAPT at checkout. Learn more, signup now, and begin the program immediately at: http://barreviewsolutions.com/catalog/calbar/performance-test-tutoring

Questions? Comments?


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-The BarReviewSolutions.com Team




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