Friday, July 13, 2007

Thanks For The Memories

That's what I want to say to myself on Friday, July 27th.

For two reasons... 1) I want to be able to thank my brain for regurgitating all of the trivia that I've diligently pack in there over the past few years (and weeks!) , and; 2) I want to feel like that was the last Bar Exam I'll ever take and that the memories will be good ones.

One can hope, eh?

I wish I could memorize the way I did in elementary school when I simply repeated things to myself over and over until my brain was imprinted. The problem here is that there's simply too much to memorize. Besides, I know most of the material (knock on my wooden head, again) it's just the specific wording to some of the rules that I lack.

It's like when I was a kid and I played the Clarinet. In my Junior year of High School I was first chair, 2nd Clarinet; and my Senior year I was first chair, 1st Clarinet; and I didn't know the names of the notes. I had achieved pretty good success, but I couldn't look at a page and tell you what a particular note was on the sheet music. It didn't seem important. Who cares what the notes were called when all I had to do was know how to play, and I played pretty well! I knew what note corresponded to where my fingers had to go on the Clarinet, I just didn't know the name of the darn note.

Here, I know an issue when I see it in a fact pattern, and I know how to write about it, but I don't always have a specific rule statement for it. My description of it changes subtly every time I write it out. But I can play it if I hear it!

So I'm going to spend most of the last week trying to remedy that shortcoming.

12 comments:

Blawgin' said...

I can't bear to look at the counter on your page. Every time I look at your blog, I'm very careful not to look right. =)

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The Grand Poobah said...

I've actually created a countdown timer for my desktop that stays in the foreground. It's got a title that reads "GET BACK TO WORK!!!"

I absolutely must have that reminder in my face or I lose focus. As it is, I am not as diligent as I know I need to be.

Blah...

Anonymous said...

I am exactly the same. I cannot memorize to save my life. I have been able to get through school without the ability...but am afraid this is where it ends! Using neumonics doesn't help..b/c that requires me to remember something else! I'm very nervous about this!

Amanda said...

Former clarinet band nerds unite! Those skills have to come in handy somehow!

Anonymous said...

where can you download a desktop countdown timer?

The Grand Poobah said...

Amanda: That's Exactly Right! If I can memorize all of those songs and marching routines for the different half-time shows, surely I can remember something as trivial as this! I can, can't I? Yeah, no problem.

Anon: I found one here. It's usage is limited to 30 days unless you buy the upgrade, but I only need 10 days, 9 hours, 12 minutes, 3 seconds, 2, 1, ...

http://www.nestersoft.com/timeleft/

Richard said...

ooh shit - 3 hours away from the 10 day countdown! You better have one up there for the results! :)

Frustrated Bar Examinee said...

Thanks for the link to the desktop clock! I just downloaded it but took off the seconds counter because otherwise I would be headed for another meltdown.

The Grand Poobah said...

Richard: I hadn't thought about that, but it's a great idea. I'll probably just repurpose this one after the exam.

Jonathan Kramer said...

Go, Poo, go!

Jonathan

The Grand Poobah said...

Thanks Jonathan. I'll try to make the Alma Mater proud!