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September 2020 Wellness Connections Calendar
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Wednesday Tips & Tricks: Studying for the Bar Exam

 

 


Sleep, sleep, sleep. Getting enough sleep is one of the absolute best things you can do for your physical and mental well-being. It may be tempting to stay up late and study. But if you don’t know your stuff after three years of law school, taking a bar review course, and the unfortunate 2 months of bonus study time thanks to COVID, you are not going to magically learn it before the bar exam. You will do much better if you are well rested and can think clearly during the test than if you cram a little bit more.


Take a deep breath, get up and stretch, and drink a glass of water. Seriously, go do this right now. It’s easy to get stuck in tunnel-vision study mode and forget about the basic things that sustain your life—like oxygen and water. Set reminders on your phone to look up from your screen and take a deep cleansing breath periodically. Get up and stretch every hour, even if it is just for a minute or two. Remember to stay hydrated. When your body has what it needs, you will be better focused and more productive.


Go for a walk. Your time is stretched thin when you are studying for the bar. Taking a walk allows you to get exercise and fresh air at the same time. Reminding yourself that there is a world outside whatever study bubble you’ve created will help you feel more human again. Plus taking breaks is essential to your mind fully processing all the information you’re studying. While you’re walking, your brain is making connections between all the information you’ve been taking in so you are better prepared for the test.


Find your cheerleaders. Other recent law grads might not be the best people for you to socialize with right now. You are in the same intense situation that creates a lack of perspective. Reach out to your family and friends who aren’t involved in the law as well as lawyer mentors for support. These people want to help you, but you may need to tell them what you need. Do you need them to take your mind of the test? Take something unrelated off your plate? Quiz you on flash cards? Let them know how they can help.  


Remember you get a second chance. Yes, the bar exam is important. But unlike every exam you took in law school, this is a test you can repeat. You likely have 20 years of experience taking one-shot-only tests. And you obviously did all right on them since you’ve made it to the point of studying for the bar. While there can be short-term career consequences if you don’t pass, 10 years into your career, that impact will be negligible. You should definitely go into the bar exam with the mindset that you are going to pass but know that it is not the end of the world if you don’t.

Best of luck on the exam! Remember that every lawyer who has gone before you is rooting for your success.

 

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Click on each of the events below for more information.

 

september 2020

AJC Decatur Book Festival

  

FRI, SEPT 4

Taste of Soul Atlanta Festival

September 4 – 7, 2020

 

MON, SEPT 7

Eclectic Bazaar POP UP SHOP

12 - 4 PM

Free


THURS, SEPT 10

Atlanta Antique Market

September 10 - 13, 2020

Atlanta Expo Center

$5

 

FRI, SEPT 11

September 11 Memorial Virtual Run/Walk

$27 - $37

 

FRI, SEPT 18

Chocolate and Art Show

8 PM

The B Complex

Starting at $15


SAT, SEPT 19

Nuna’s Fitness For All

9 AM – 4 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta

Free

 

SAT, SEPT 19

Woodland Spirits

Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2020

Fernbank Museum

Free - $20

 

Women’s September Hike and Meditation

Free

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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