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Reading and Writing for the Bar Exam - New

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READING AND WRITING FOR THE BAR EXAMINATION
I.CHOOSING A REVIEW CENTER A.Choose a review center which has a good schedule of subjects, minimaldiscrimination (for the provincianos), and of course, low enrolment fee;B.A review center which is near to your dorm or place and the examinationcenter (La Salle) is better. This is to avoid traffic jams and wasted time;
C.
 A well known review center is not a guarantee that you will pass the bar.The measure of your success is how well you were able to prepareyourself for the examination. It is suggested that one that is convenient toyou and offers fair memory aids and materials;D.In any case, measure each option according to its advantages anddisadvantages;II.CHOOSING A PLACE TO STAY A.You should be near to your review center, place of examination andimmediate help;B.Well ventilated and lighted, peaceful;
C.
With
labandera
to wash for your clothes and someone who will bepreparing your meals or a nearby eatery, canteen or restaurant;III.PREPARATION
A.
Prepare a timetable and strictly observe it.
Example of a timetable
: (if your pre pre-bar review is one year prior to bar exam)1-2-3-2(3) [“mirror technique” (martial arts?) integrated]
1 month per subject; 2 weeks per subject; 3 and 2 (or 3, without rest onSaturdays) days per subject;
1
month per subject (
Sept. to Apr.:
8 bar subjs. – 8 months) [comprehensive]Sep:
Political Law
Oct:
Labor Law
Nov:
Civil Law
(can be extended and overlapped with other subjects)Dec:
Taxation Law
Jan:
Mercantile Law
Feb:
Criminal Law
Mar:
Remedial Law
 Apr:
L.E. and P.E.
(can be shortened to just few weeks to accommodate R. Law)
2
weeks per subject (
May to Aug.:
8 bar subjs. – 4 months) [focus: frequently asked bar questions
and
legal provisions; fast paced]1
st
and 2
nd
weeks of May:
Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises
(can beshortened to 1 week to accommodate Remedial Law)3
rd
and 4
th
weeks of May:
Remedial Law
1
st
and 2
nd
weeks of June:
Criminal Law
 3
rd
and 4
th
weeks of June:
Mercantile Law
1
st
and 2
nd
weeks of July:
Taxation Law
 3
rd
and 4
th
weeks of July:
Civil Law
1
st
and 2
nd
weeks of Aug.:
Labor Law
 3
rd
and 4
th
weeks of Aug.:
Political Law3
days per subject (
September:
8 bar subjs. – 20 days) [focus: frequently asked bar questions
or 
legal provisions; fast paced]1
st
Sunday – Mon. to Tue:
Labor Law
(or Mon. to Wed.)1
st
Sunday – Wed. to Fri.:
Political Law
(or Wed. To Sat.); Sat. – rest (optional)2
nd
Sunday – Mon. to Tue.:
Taxation Law
 2
nd
Sunday – Wed. to Fri.:
Civil Law
; Sat. – rest (optional)3
rd
Sunday – Mon. to Tue.:
Criminal Law
 3
rd
Sunday – Wed. Fri.:
Mercantile Law
; Sat. – rest (optional)4
th
Sunday – Mon. to Tue.:
L.E. and P.E.
4
th
Sunday – Wed. to Fri.:
Remedial Law
; Sat. – rest (optional)
B.
Worry only about meeting your timetable (without jeopardizing your studyquality) and nothing else. Congratulate yourself if you have met your timetable.
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READING AND WRITING FOR THE BAR EXAMINATION
C.Be mentally and physically active during the hours you should be takingthe examination and study on these hours.D.Do not study with a full stomach. Eat only when the need arises.
E.
Do breathing exercises if you are feeling sleepy when studying. Ten deepinhales and exhales every time will help. Others suggest psychotropicsubstances help such as those in cigarettes, coffee or chocolates.
F.
Get a hold of those materials which are substantially complete but notlengthy. One or two reviewers each subject with memory aids will do. Amaterial is useful for review if it can answer most questions or problemsposed.G.Do not study depending only on the subjects’ weight. A subject that isoverlooked or disregarded might fail you.
H.
Read
 Answers to Bar Q’s
by the UP Law Center. Be careful to note theapplicable laws and jurisprudence each examination year, how a problemis phrased or worded and answered.
I.
Read recent SC decisions 2 (or 5) years prior. Note especially thelandmark, novel etc., cases and highlight the gist.
J.
Note and mark the frequently asked bar questions (objective and problemtype), and codal provisions. When time constrained, study only these.
K.
Some recommend that you have to memorize what you do notunderstand, others, understand what you cannot memorize. You canchoose which one that suits you.
L.
It is not uncommon that there are questions in the examination that arespecially designed to rattle you. Expect also far-fetched, unrelated, unfair or erroneous (creatively prepared) questions.
M.
 A legible handwriting (observing proper margins), a correct grammar andlogic, and reasonable opinion on the question might save you if you arenot sure with your answer.N.Have a time to unwind.O.Call to your Divine Providence whenever possible.IV.EXAMINATION PROPER
A.
Sleep and wake up early.
B.
Eat light breakfast specially the one you are used to.C.Check whether you have with you all the necessary things to bring.D.Dress comfortably, reserve a jacket and wear waterproof shoes.E.Do writing warm-ups.
F.
Reading at this moment will generally not help you anymore, but otherssuggest otherwise;
G.
Do not argue with your fellow examinees or with whomever about whatyou or they know, or at least not this moment.
H.
Observe proper sitting posture to avoid back pains.
I.
If you are feeling nervous or tired, do breathing exercises.
J.
If not answering, rest your arms and hands.
K.
In each Sunday of the examination, you have
4
hours in the morning (240minutes =
12
minutes each item in a 20 question examination) and
3
hours in the afternoon (180 minutes =
9
minutes each item in a 20question examination). Reserve
3
to
5
minutes (included in the 9 or 12minutes per item) to mentally arrange the answer in your mind, and thenwrite with normal speed to avoid erasures.L.After you are done, leave the examination premises quickly and keep toyourself what happened inside the room.
V.
READING FOR THE BAR EXAM (
Read this before you ignite for review
) A.Memorization- To help you memorize, picture the words into images and relate it toeach other by “linking”. Having it in mind will help you remember the
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READING AND WRITING FOR THE BAR EXAMINATION
definition, enumeration etc. Or you may try memorizing the keywords in adefinition or phrase;- When using mnemonics, each letter of the alphabet should have acorresponding similar sounding word. Example: A – ace; B - bee etc.The letter mnemonic should be the keyword of the definition or paragraph.This is because if you forget the exact word in the definition or phrase, bypronouncing the letter-word equivalent, you can at least guess theforgotten word;- Take a 2 to 10 minutes rest after 1 hour of reading. This will help you to“sort things out”. Reading for long hours without breaks may drain you. After the 2 to 10 minutes break, have a quick review and preview of whatyou have learned, and then continue your study.Example: 8:00 – 9:00: Articles 2 – 30, Civil Code9:00 – 9:10: Break (rest your mind)9:10 – 9:15: Quick Review and Preview9:15 – Start of the new topicB.Speedreading and speedlearning- Fast readers read chunks of information at a time. This means they reada few words at a time instead of word by word. By reading in chunks, youwill learn to be a faster reader.- Try to picture what you read. If the text refers to a 'bear', think of a bear.Picturing things will help you remember and understand what you read.- Try not to say the words in your head when you are reading. This willslow you down.- To save time, read
quickly
the material and mark the importantkeywords (words! specially the nouns and verbs or if not practicablesimple phrases). After quick reading, you can assess the material whether it is worth reading at all, otherwise, proceed to the next topic or material;- Remember that the reason why you are reading the material is to find theanswer in the examination;To read fast and comprehend fast 1.Procedure
a.
Strategies to speed read. (or use the software RocketReader)
i.
One factor in slow reading is
subvocalization
.The process is that, if we are reading silently, our throat muscles betray very subtle electrical signalsfrom our brain, as if these are being engaged inspeaking. Our reading speed is thus largely controlledby our speaking rate. You could try reading aloudfaster, using the same material you tested on, andyou will encounter certain barriers to the process of speeding up, such as your ability to pronounce thewords and control the movement of your eyes line by
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