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Use Positive Visualization to Calm Bar Exam Anxiety

February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Positive visualization is a technique where you use your imagination to create clear images, ideas, and feelings of something you want to occur in your life. You focus on these images, ideas, and feelings until they become reality and your goal has been met.

Positive visualization is a useful technique for people who are studying for the bar exam.To be most effective, you should visualize the most important parts of the bar examination process. The more clear and certain your visualization becomes, the more effective it becomes.

What should I visualize?

You should choose what steps in the bar exam process are most important to you - such as memorizing information effectively or writing a good essay - but I'll suggest that two very important things to visualize are (1) walking into the bar exam testing room and remaining calm and (2) attending your swearing-in ceremony after having passed the bar.

The first is important because if you visualize yourself remaining calm when you enter the bar exam testing area, you are very likely to remain calm. You will have visualized the sensations and sights of entering the room filled with hundreds or even thousands of people so that it will not shock you when you do it for real.

The second - visualizing being sworn in to the bar of your state - is important because if you visualize this as a fact that has already happened, the bar exam becomes just a step on the road to that foregone fact, rather than some diabolical test on your odyssey to becoming a lawyer.

How to visualize

You should visualize either first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening, and if you have time to visualize during the morning and the evening, even better! Morning and evening are best because it is during these times that the body and mind are most relaxed, which is important for visualization.

Step 1:

Find a quiet place where you can be alone for at least 15 minutes. You can sit in a chair or lie down in bed.

Step 2:

Once you have found the quiet place and time, close your eyes and relax. If you already have a relaxation technique that works for you, please use it. If not, try deep, slow breathing for one minute while imagining yourself in your favorite place.

Step 3:

When you feel relaxed, you can recite a visualization from memory, create a visualization on the fly, or listen to a visualization script you have recorded into an iPod or other device. As you move through the script, try to hear, feel, and smell the reality that you are visualizing. The more real the visualization is, the more effective it is.

Matt Racine is an attorney who has taken and passed two bar exams, including the California bar exam. He is the author of Bar Exam Mind, a strategy guide teaching you how to approach the bar exam and stay as anxiety-free as possible. You can get more tips about visualization and how to study for the bar exam at his blog at

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