The crock pot is a fine invention. I don’t use it for many things, but boy, do I like the beef stew prepared in the crock pot. You chop up the veggies and meat, add broth and tomatoes, and then the crock pot magic happens, and 8 hours later, or better yet, overnight, you have a delicious dish full of flavors with meat melting in your mouth.
Why am I talking about the crock pot today? Because just like you have to trust the crock pot to do its magic, there are times when you have to trust the learning process to get you where you need to be. A preparation for the bar exam is a case in point. You do your best listening to the lectures, reading, taking notes, reviewing, practicing, and trust that the magic is going to work and you will pass. At any given moment, there is a huge amount of information thrown at you. You don’t want to control every little detail because it’s not possible. What you want to do is to start doing practice questions right away and keep doing it. You won’t feel as if you know the law enough, but that’s OK. You have to trust the process. Practice teaches your brain to recognize patterns that are tested on the bar exam. Pattern recognition is central to your success, and you can’t learn it just by reading and memorizing. If you have to choose between practicing and reading the long outline, practice and review the answers. And when you feel overwhelmed and insecure of your knowledge, remind yourself to trust the process to do its magic, no matter how slow your progress may seem, it’s just like the crock pot.