Myth 1: There is no time
“… So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” – Psalm 90:12, KJV
I attended a military secondary school as a teenager and one of the lessons that stuck with me from that time of my life was that “there must be precision with military timing”. Every activity (Parade) was planned to the hilt! At every moment, you were expected to know where you ought to be and what you ought to be doing.
Teach us to use wisely all the time we have – Psalm 90:12, CEV
So, on day 1 of my Bar II experience, one of the first things I did was calculate how much time there was between when lectures were to commence and when we were to sit for the Bar Finals, so that I could formulate a plan on how to spend it. I discovered that the programme was to last for 43 weeks i.e. 7, 224 hours. So, I made a plan to study for at least 4 hours everyday for the 43 weeks i.e. 1, 204 hours of personal study. The Bar II programme comprises of 5 courses, so if I was to dedicate equal time to each course, I would spend a minimum of 240 hours/course. I don’t know about you but I think that’s a great deal of time.
There is never too much time or too little time, there is always just enough time.
Have you noticed that just at the eve of exams, most people become very prudent managers of time? That’s because there is a re-alignment of priorities. There is never too much time or too little time, there is always just enough time.
How about if you had your priorities right from the get – go, wouldn’t that make sense? And this isn’t me setting an incredibly high bar for you or asking you to be super – efficient, if you commit to just 2 productive hours of study everyday you would have studied for 602 hours before exams i.e. at least 120 hours /course. From my experience, 100 hours of class time is the average time I need to get anyone up to semi – expert level in the 5 bar II courses.
So, you see, the myth that Law School is super hectic and leaves you no time to have a life is a lie. The question is do you have a plan and can you commit to following your plan? It is said that when you fail to plan, then you inadvertently plan to fail.
I don’t want you working under the illusion that there is no time, which makes you start to panic from day one, nor under the illusion that there is so much time, which leaves you so chilled that you can’t muster the will to study when the time of testing comes. There is just enough time to enjoy your life, work as hard, and make a success of the Bar II programme.
Until next week, Peace.
February 3, 2019