pitted wrote:I will be taking it a second time. I scored a 667 in July. Still bitter about it... First time around I used Themis, and would recommend; however, I do regret spending my last few weeks of studying the way the program is designed. I told myself if I failed that I would spend most of my time reviewing old test essays from the BLE website and going over more practice problems for the MBE from a variety of databases. The MBE was far more difficult than expected, but my score was 134, which is not terrible. I'm currently trying to stitch together advice offered by repeat takers. After three days of Themis for the second time, I realized I will go crazy trying to follow the course all the way through again. My advice for first time takers is to not burn out by the second half of your study program. I heard this a lot from professors and bar takers, but I did not fully understand how real the "burn out" could be until my last two weeks of bar prep. My study habits during law school were complete shit, and for the most part I did not care about my grades. When I started bar prep I tried to overcome my old study habits by committing nearly all of my time to studying. Too much time away from anything social was unhealthy for me and ultimately disrupted my last two weeks of study time.
I am in a very similar boat. I also got a 667 on the exam... which still kills me that I was less than a percent a way from passing. I got a 132.2 on the MBE knowing full well that I would probably do horrible on the MBE and would have to make up for it elsewhere, which I knew would be a challenge since I went to law school out of state. I wasn't much of a studier in law school and felt like I spent the beginning of bar prep learning/getting used to studying. I used Barbri which I think is good for first time takers and took studying seriously (for probably the first time in my life). But, by the time "final review" came around I was burnt out and felt like I was delirious from studying.
I had no contact with anyone for the entire time or bar prep. All my friends and family are back in CA and I implemented a strict no visitation policy... which I will not be enforcing this time around. For first time takers I suggest not completely cutting yourself off from the world if that is your plan, the time to just be able to get your mind off the bar exam can be extremely beneficial.
This time around I am using adaptibar, and just going over/ outlining past essay questions and P&E questions as well as doing as many MPTs as I can... I really slacked on practicing for the MPT (I did well in all my writing classes in law school and writing has always been my strong suit) ... needless to say I absolutely bombed (and I do mean bombed the MPT scoring in the 2.6 percentile) the MPT. I also plan on going back and watching the barbri lectures of my weaker subjects just as a refresher and to pick up some things I may have missed the first time around. So here is to hoping I can raise my score by at least 8 points this time around!