We would like to express our gratitude to Atty. Joan de Venecia for sharing her time and effort in giving a lecture during the 2nd Gathering of the phBar.org Community. Atty. de Venecia placed No. 1 during the 2005 Bar Exams. The summary is reproduced below. The full presentation is at the Forum.
First: Make an honest assessment of the subjects you are good at, and the subjects you feel you have an inadequate foundation on. Adjust the number of days devoted to each subject accordingly.
Second: Compact reviewers might not necessarily help, especially for those subjects in which you are weak at, and the morning subjects.
Third: Choose the review classes you want to attend. (I enrolled at the law center but didn’t attend most of the lectures).
Fourth: Avoid unnecessary comparison to the pace of others. We all have our own rhythm according to the laws of inertia.
Fifth: Perfect your handwriting and grammar.
Sixth: Write things down. I had so many post-its in my codals, especially for Civ and Rem. It was like a mini-book where all the important doctrines were jotted down.
Seventh: No need to memorize laws. If you must memorize, memorize only the key words of important doctrines. Please, don’t memorize case titles and SCRA citations. Don’t clog your brain with useless clutter. Understanding is key.
Eighth: For the bar, short answers don’t necessarily work. The answer must be firm yet exhaustive. I did not cite cases nor specific provisions, but just went straight to the answers.
Ninth: Updates on latest jurisprudence are indispensable. Request that the updates come with short facts, because bar questions are often facts-based.
Tenth: Always make time for gimmicks and relaxation to keep you sane during the review.