I sent him a reassuring note, which I think will be helpful to others in his situation:
- I skipped the last hour of almost every Bar/Bri lecture.
- During the first 5 weeks, I skipped perhaps 1/6 lectures in their entirety and did not make any up.
- I skipped the entire last week of class.
- I overslept on the day of the practice MBE.
- I never did any of the "practice" essays to send to BarBri for scoring.
- I did MAYBE 20 practice MBE questions per day, and that was on a good day.
- I often did the MBE questions while recumbent biking at the gym. I think that conditioned my brain to be able to concentrate under physical pressure. Made testing day seem like a peaceful beach in comparison.
- I split the rest of my time between class, skimming the short outlines (didn't read the long outlines), and watching TV.
- Didn't even attempt the essays until about 3 weeks before the test, once I had a basic grounding of knowledge.
- Oh, and I always TOTALLY BOMBED them in practice. Missed half the things they talked about in the Perfect Essay samples.
- On the MBE, I passed by 11 points, almost "multistating out."
- On the essays, I ended up getting two perfect 10s, a 9 and four 8s.
- I passed with flying colors.
In other words: You'll be fine.