Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Get Messy

Recently, my son has gotten into watching The Magic School Bus Rides Again on Netflix (a spin-off of the original Magic School Bus updated for today’s tech-savvy kids). The educational program teaches kids about science. Their beloved teacher Ms. Frizzle’s favorite catch phrase is “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”

This also seems like a good mantra to keep in mind for bar studiers frustrated with their performance on practice essays, MPTs, and MBEs.

Do the practice before you feel ready.

The best learning happens from making mistakes.

Take the time to fully understand why you got things right, and why you got things wrong.

Make sure you understand both your doctrinal mistakes and your test-taking mishaps. Add new rules into your study materials, and keep track of test-taking tips in a journal so that you can figure out strategies to help you avoid similar mistakes in the future.

Active learning – actually practicing the test over and over – is truly the only way to succeed on the bar exam.

Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!