Things are things. I've been studying with Thinks Before She Speaks a lot - which has been good, 'cause she just zones in and studies, which keeps me honest. In 8 hrs of study time, I'll be actively reading/processing/testing for 7 of those hours. For someone as natively non-linear as myself (trust me, what you've observed is over-compensation) this is a god send.
Although I must confess that I miss the interactive study sessions with the CAnarchist, my old evidence study partner and MBE study-spouse (it's just that much more intense); there's a certain level of talk-it--back-and-forth that I can't really dispense with, as I have a very aural/oral memory. There are times, even now, when I hear the actual voice of someone stating the black letter law summary in my head. Well, many someone's actually. But I don't visually pull up information with the same amount of accuracy or frequency.
I think I'm where I want to be. I'm getting good raw scores for all the mock stuff that I'm doing. The question is just which mock things are closest to the real thing. Some people say that when comparing the actual MBE questions, either PMBR or Barbri questions are closer/further, more/less alike, harder/eaier, longer/shorter, trickier/more straight forward.
There seems to be no very strong consensus out there, and I don't have the time to research this all that much.
Any thoughts on the matter are welcome.
Personally I've done better on the Barbri stuff. I find the PMBR stuff a bit sneaky and haven't yet learned to spot the tricks well. So, I get the doctrine, but miss the correct answer choice due to the one sneaky word buried in the question. (Not that that puts me in dire straits or anything.)
So, last night, after another 8 hour block of questions and reviews (and quite stupid near-complete lack of food) I went to a party hosted by someone who is just difficult to moniker. . .I think Skaldi works well as a temporary moniker.
Two glasses of wine (watered, no less, in my classical vein), no sleep, no food = the destruction of coherent thought or even passable articulation. Proper grammatical construction took a hit also. Which was unfortunate because I met a cool enviro law woman, a teacher with strong opinions on public education (whom I gently argued with, but I think we're on the same side) and a local actress. I remember talking to them. I remember what I said (mostly). But the freaky thing was that when one of them mentioned anything that had anything at all to do with Bar prep stuff, I started scrolling up little paragraphs in my head about this, that, or the other legal doctrine. I have no idea if that bar stuff was even remotely correct. I certainly didn't verbalize it, but it totally messed with my conversation though. I think I probably came off as completely burnt out. Which I think I was.
After not much sleep, but some, I'm feeling much more bestly today. I'm considering taking more breaks in the blocks, or making some concentrated effort to do some kind of mind-resetting activity in the off-hours.
In some ways the bar prep is kind of like physical exercise - you have to grow it at a reasonable pace.
In an effort to make things easier for all my fellow bar takers, I have compiled a sophisticated system for multiple choice selection on questions that just pain stump you.
I present it here in its entirely and urge you all to make as much use of it as I will/do:
A - eanie
B - meanie
C - minie
D - mo
Using this system to strike incorrect multiple choice answer choices works well, but as The Mathematician pointed out, you can also use this system to pick a possibly correct answer on the very first go!
And here endeth the random bar prep thoughts.
Other news - the new Harry Potter film is surprisingly good. I saw it with The Bookwench a few days ago. Seems like years ago. We talked about the recent scenester hipness of 20-something librarians. Neither of us has anything against that, but it's kind of funny in some ways, given that most young librarians have been pretty him in a non-pre-packaged-way for quite some time. The random count of our former Hard Drinking Librarian Gang to have been in the city these past 2 months now is at 6. That's pretty impressive for a quasi-rural library in GA.
OK. I'm off to study/work. Provided I can avoid viscous attacks by lesbian gangs. I kid you not. This is what's wrong with the country. And it has *nothing* to do with the lesbian gang thing. You'd think that self-styled conservatives would have more of an active sense of responsibility. Or at least shame.