For those who are completely off the loop, the frenzy of activities leading up to those fateful Sundays of bar exams is called the pre-week. We have here your pre-week review classes, your school bar operations, your Saturday night school ceremonies, etc. All the hoopla revolves around the bar examinee, and all activities center on assisting him/her in any way possible.
In our case, we started with the seemingly useless pre-week review, which a lot of my companions chose to skip in favor of further review.
But a tip. Don’t skip pre-week review, though it seems one more the same bar review you’re probably sick and tired of already.
Why? This is where the reviewer focusses on particular topics he/she feels will come out in the exams. In short, this is a rich source of BAR TIPS. So fight the urge to skip these sessions.
Then, we have our Saturday night ceremonies. In my school, this starts with an anticipated mass @ 5:00 p.m.
Ironic in my case, though. Through my law school years, I have played for our upperclassmen’s mass. When my turn came, I was still playing, when I shouldn’t be. They could not find a replacement for me at that time, I think…
Immediately after the mass, the crowd breaks in to cheering. Yes, cheering (UAAP style). In out case, you hear “BLUE EAGLE SPELLING,” etc. all over again…
Then the reviewees break off and make their arrangements to ensure they arrive at the venue on time. For some people, especially fratmen/sorrority women, they billet themselves in some cheap hotel in Manila so they can easily access Taft.
With some degree of certainty, the “Alay Lakad” (literally “walk-offering,” a yearly walkathon event for charity) always runs smack into one of these bar Sundays so there would be a huge traffic to hinder going to DLSU (where the Bar Exams are held since my time).
Through that night, this thing called “Bar Operations” gets into gear, where law professors and student-volunteers produce “bar tips” for their reviewees. Bear in mind, though, that these tips are educated guesses on what will come out in the bar. Sometimes they hit. Sometimes they miss. But ours have a reputation of helping the reviewer a lot.
There is, or there should be, no perfect “bar tips” because that would be called a “leakage” instead.
For the reviewees, I suggest you just try to sleep during the night before the exam. You are going to need all the energy you have during the next day. Besides, you cannot possibly cram all you have reviewed into that one night, anyway so why bother? Just rest so you can read your tips refreshed in the morning.
I will blog about my bar experiences next Saturday. But for now, to the bar reviewees, good luck and have a good pre-week. I heard there will be multiple choice questions this year…