Staying sane while studying for the bar exam is a necessary skill. Try avoiding a nervous breakdown while comprehending the rule against perpetuities at three in the morning, knowing that there is another practice test tomorrow that Barbri will tell you you’ve failed in its sociopathic plot to force you to study harder.
Each of us copes with this hell in our own ways. We find distractions, little things to prevent ourselves from burning out. Over the two months studying for the bar exam, some of us find new hobbies, passions, and discover great TV shows on Netflix.
In case you have not selected your bar exam distraction yet, here are some suggestions for the remaining weeks.
Watch The West Wing or X-Files on Netflix
Yes, the West Wing and X-Files are old. But they also had a lot of seasons. This means you will have enough 44-minute study breaks to last you the two months of bar exam prep. The last thing you want to do is run out of a TV show while studying for the bar. Then your sanity will suddenly collapse. This is why people who tried watching Firefly as a bar exam distraction failed the bar at a higher rate than others (probably).
Remember, studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. You do not need to watch every episode in a row, nor should you. One good thing about each episode of The West Wing and X-Files is they can be watched as a one-off — perfect for a study break. Originally, Breaking Bad was on this list, but no one can watch just one episode at a time.
Last point – at the end of the bar exam, you will probably be turned off forever from your study break TV show. Choose a show that has been off the air for awhile. Watching it a few months down the road will trigger your PTSD / war flashbacks.
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