You have memorized, you have reviewed, you have learned to manage your time, and you have practiced. You are athletes. Today is the day before game day.
This morning, before noon, after exercise, just lightly recite your memorized rules. Quickly skim your class notes for the most important subjects. Do not review any course materials after noon.
Exercise is vital, since it will make you more cheerful, smart, and steady, and it will help you sleep.
This afternoon and evening, relax. Do not review, do not study. This is important. Assemble the food you are going to take with you to the exam site. Set out your clothes, so that you are not hunting around for your shoes in the morning.
Massage is good, if it's early enough in the afternoon. Later, it might interfere with your sleep cycle. Call a car service, if that is how you are traveling. Leave abundant extra time so that you will arrive at the exam site without time pressure.
Recall that managing time on the first day is your key. Review yesterday's post about how to manage the time. Write down the time each part of the day begins and ends, and learn those times. Plan to write the times down when you get to the exam site and get your scrap paper. Commit to sticking to that schedule.
Confirm all of your plans.
Bless those in your household and family who are supporting you.
This evening, rent a movie, something in which the good guys win. My own favorite is "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," with all those fighters flying through the air. My sister, who teaches at DePaul, recommends "Master and Commander."
Remember. On game day, you will put on your game face. You will walk tall. Once you have your scrap paper for the exam, you will write down the times for beginning and ending each section of the test. You will stay in control of your time. You all know how to do this.
Remember. You and the grader are on the same side. Structure, clear presentation, abundant section labels so the grader knows what is on every page, lots of white space between sections, and your own firm time management will help you, and it will help the grader.
Wishing you the greatest success on the bar exam,
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