Study Tips

Study Tips

How Not to Study for the Bar Exam


This is it — after 12 years of grade school, (at least) four years of undergraduate studies, three years of law school, and maybe even an additional couple years of graduate specialization, you are finally ready for the last exam you’ll ever take: the bar. Lawyers all over the country still shake at the idea of retaking the bar exam because for many of them, it was the absolute worst experience of their lives. Encompassing two whole days of rigorous testing, the bar is arguably one of the most difficult examinations in the country.

However, just like any other examination, people who pass are not necessarily smarter than those who fail; in reality, it is all about how aspiring lawyers study the material and practice the routine. After all that schooling — 20 or more years, in total — you should know how to study for the bar exam, right?

Just in case, here are the absolute worst things you can do to prepare for the bar.


You need to learn the material, so you figure there is no better way than just to sit down and power through the texts. However, after only a few minutes, your mind starts to wander, and after a few more minutes, your eyelids start to droop. Passive reading isn’t enough to transfer the crucial information from the page to your brain.


Some bar exam preparation guides produce audio tapes covering material expected to be on the test. These tapes can be exceedingly useful, but only as review after you’ve properly learned and studied the information. Listening to these tapes is most often just another tactic used by lazy law graduates looking to passively absorb material. The simple fact is that you cannot passively review information you haven’t yet learned. Read the rest of this entry »

InstaEDU Connects Skilled College Tutors with Struggling Students

Every student experiences some academic stress in college. Whether it be proofs in Calculus or memorizing key dates in Western Civ, schoolwork has a way of stressing students out and can turn the sharpest of brains into gelatin. Once you compound all of that homework with a job, extracurricular activities, and a social life, you are at risk of jeopardizing your good academic standing.


InstaEDU is an invaluable tutoring resource for struggling college students. While most universities have various tutoring programs, keeping track of the available office hours and hiking up to campus can be a headache. InstaEDU offers you reliable online tutoring built to fit your busy life. With just a computer and an Internet connection, InstaEDU will connect you with current students and graduates of institutions like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. Prospective pupils have the opportunity to chat online with different tutors so they can find the right fit. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Hashtag Your Professor Hate: 5 Tips for a Successful College Year

The end of summer is nearing for many. The only indicator is the start date of classes bearing down upon us; Lord knows it’s not the weather. If your first day of class is coming up, take a minute to think through what you’d like your semester, year, or entire college experience to look like and maybe heed the advice of those of us who made enough mistakes to offer you a few useful tips.

1. Don’t write off the first day of class as “pass out the syllabus day.” Many of us assumed it was a pointless day that guaranteed early release and that’s all we focused on. Instead, listen closely, ask questions, and if needed, go directly to the registrar’s after class and drop it while it’s still refundable.

If it’s early in your college career, you can replace that class with another credit – one that’s worth your time, one that you’ll care more about. Those classes are expensive and time consuming; if you don’t jive well with the professor or care enough about the content, find a class that better suits you. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

different language booksMany students have to take a foreign language class or two as part of the general education requirements. These classes can be a real challenge, especially if you are just going to class a few times a week and not really studying outside of class. So if that’s the problem, then start using those flashcards and learning a foreign language!

However, if you are studying and just can’t get the foreign language vocabulary words to stick in your mind, here are some tips and tricks for learning a foreign language.

1. Listen to music. Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head and can’t get it out no matter what you do? For many people, words put to music are much easier to remember than just words, so if you are trying to learn some new vocabulary or memorize something in a foreign language, try making a song to go along with the things you are trying to learn. You can also listen to popular songs in the foreign language you are studying in order to become more familiar with the pronunciation of words and grammar structure.

2. Read one of your favorite books in the foreign language. Personally, I love the Harry Potter books and have read them at least several times each. Therefore, reading them in Spanish is pretty easy for me because I know the stories by heart and if I do not know a particular vocabulary word, I can still figure out what is going on in the story. This is a great way to learn new vocabulary words while also seeing the grammatical structure that the author uses.

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Use These Tips to Ace Your Next Test

If you are taking summer school, you are most likely approaching your final exams. If you are not taking a summer class, tests probably loom in your more distant future, making them a little less threatening. However, if you are a student, you know that tests are not something to be looked forward to because of all of the pressure to do well. Ugh, talk about a summer buzz-kill.

If you are like me, preparing for a test is a very stressful occasion. You have to spend hours reviewing the materials, reteaching yourself everything you’ve forgotten, and then there comes the time when you walk into the classroom and actually take the test. By the end of those class periods, all I want to do is go home and bury myself beneath my blankets.

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Computer-Based G.E.D. Tests in the Works

Those taking the G.E.D test may soon have another option for completing the exam. Major education testing company Pearson has teamed up with the American Council on Education to create a computer based G.E.D test. This test will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. This new business will keep using the G.E.D testing service name and the new computer based G.E.D test will not be available until 2014.

Fortunately for those in Florida, California, Georgia and Texas, they will have an opportunity to start using the computer based test as early as this spring. Official testing centers in these states will offer the new test. Each year approximately 800,000 people complete their G.E.D. and over 470,000 people earn their high school equivalency.

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The Princeton Review’s SAT Score Quest App Helps Students Prepare for the SAT

All high school students know that taking the SAT exam is a milestone in your education process. You have to study for it for days on end, actually take the exam, wait for it to come back, and then, you might have to do the entire process all over again if you did not get the score you wanted.

Now, from the Princeton Review, comes a new iPad app called the SAT Score Quest. This app offers key concepts and advice for many difficult tasks on the SAT, such as how to use process of elimination to select the correct math answer and how to determine which vocabulary word to use based on context. Then, once you learn the core concepts, you can apply those concepts in the practice SAT sections included in the app. After you have completed each section, you can find out how you did with a free Score Report. You can also track your progress and see how far you have to go to reach your goals.

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Don’t Getting Rusty Over Winter Break

Many college students look forward to winter break. It marks the end of a semester, the half-way point for the school year and most importantly, you get to spend time with family. Most students get to enjoy an entire month or more of time off from school with no worries of homework or class lectures.

After a few months of intense study and test taking, it can be easy to lose some of what you learned when faced with time off. If you’re looking toward graduating from college, it will be important to retain something from each class and keep yourself from getting rusty over longer breaks. Summer learning loss doesn’t just affect younger students. College students can experience a loss of learning over time as well. Below are some great ways to keep your mind fresh over the holiday break. This doesn’t mean you have to spend the break writing term papers, but you will find it easier to transition back into the college routine once the break is over.

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The Best Studying Snacks to Fuel Your Brain

Snack Plate of PeanutsIt is no secret that America is suffering from an epidemic of unhealthy lifestyles, but now researchers are saying that not only will eating better improve your physical health, but possibly your I.Q. as well.

In a time when students are desperately abusing prescription medications like Adderall and Ritalin to increase their mental focus and processing during major study sessions, these same scientists are hoping that instead of popping pills, college students will incorporate these brain boosters into their diets. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Useful Study Websites for Students

booksSchool is officially back in full swing, and that means that homework is also back, plaguing students on a nightly basis. Sometimes homework is pretty simple and only takes a little while to finish but other times, it can turn into a long, painful ordeal. When you are suffering through your homework (instead of breezing through it), these two websites can really cut down on the time you spend on it, as well as help you better understand the material.’s The Homework Center is an awesome resource aimed at students in grades K-8 and is customizable for age and gender. This site features study tools, information, and other resources on a wide variety of subjects, including history, language arts, mathematics, sciences, and many more. The Homework Center offers an interactive guide to the periodic table, daily historical facts, flashcards, and language arts quizzes so students can have fun while getting homework help. Read the rest of this entry »


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