Next week is the February 2012 bar examination. That means some of our readers just finished slugging through the marathon preparation the bar exam requires. Now it all comes down to next week. But we still have a few final tips to help you get through the bar exam.

Get Organized

There is nothing worse than getting to the exam and realizing you forgot something. Whether it’s something small like an extra pencil, or something catastrophic like your laptop charger, it can easily be avoided. This weekend, create a checklist and put everything you will need for the test in a bag. Then print another copy of the checklist and check the bag again before the test. Some suggestions for your checklist:

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Three pencils
  • Three pens
  • Hilighter
  • Photo ID
  • Admission ticket
  • Chewing gum
  • Mints
  • Snack
  • Water bottle

Know the Terrain

The beauty of living in the future is that we don’t have to go somewhere to see what the place looks like. This means that if you’re taking the bar exam in an unfamiliar city, you can check out the surroundings without leaving your chair. So fire up Google Maps’ street view and check out the test center. Use the route tools to actually drive along the route. You don’t need to memorize it, but even glancing at it once or twice can help you remember landmarks and keep you from getting lost on test day.

Gather Yourself

You’ve prepared well. You know the material. Take some time this weekend and Monday to just relax. No crazy partying of course. But maybe go for a relaxing walk or take in a movie. Try to have some time on your own or with friends and family where you aren’t thinking about the test. This will help you recharge your batteries to stay focused when it’s time for the exam.