LSAT Home Stretch: What You Should (and Should Not) Be Doing

With a little under two weeks to go before you walk into the room to take you LSAT, you should be at a certain stage in your preparation. To finish your preparation in the best way, there are things you should and should not be doing so that you’ll be at your best on test day.

What You Should Not Be Doing:

  • Starting Your Preparation. Unless you are unusually in tune with the test, you should have been preparing seriously for some time now. If you haven’t, consider postponing your test date to a time when you’ll be able to do better advance work. You should have been training like an elite athlete, and no elite athlete just picks up the ball two weeks before game day.
  • Making Major Changes in Your Preparation or its Schedule. Related to the first point, the LSAT is not a test that rewards cramming. It rewards diligent, disciplined preparation, not sleepless nights and major changes. No panic. A little more work in the last couple of weeks is ok, a lot more is generally not. If you need a lot more work in the last couple of weeks, that means you haven’t used your time well in the last month or two, and there is no way to make up for that. You want to be basically comfortable with what you’re doing by now, and you don’t want to make major changes that you have to acclimate yourself to in the short time remaining.

What You Should Be Doing:

  • Continued Preparation. While you don’t want to become hyper-intense during the last couple of weeks, you also don’t want to slack off. If your approach has yielded positive results so far, keep doing what you’ve been doing, so that you’ll stay sharp.
  • Fine-tuning. You should have a core comfort with how to approach every type of question, as well as timing, etc. But every additional question you get right helps you get your best LSAT score, so if there are particular types of questions or analytical reasoning games that you fight with a little more than others, put a little extra focus on those to try to hone your technique and method to a finer point. A little extra focus, not a lot, because it’s important to stay sharp on your strengths as well. Too much attention to weaknesses, and strengths begin to dissolve.
  • Get into Exam-Week Schedule. I don’t just mean LSAT prep here, but everything—when you go to sleep, when and (basically) what you’re eating and drinking, your R&R time, and when you’re doing your LSAT prep. You want to already be in your daily rhythm when you walk into the testing room, and this is a good time to start the beat.
  • Minimize Distractions. Related to the scheduling point, everything outside of executing the next step on the next question correctly and efficiently, and keeping your body and brain sharp, is a distraction. You do want down time, of course, so planned distractions are necessary and fine. But unplanned distractions take you out of rhythm, so ask your friends and family to pick up a few extra burdens for the next couple of weeks. You can make it up to them later. You can’t eliminate unplanned distractions (they are unplanned) but you can and should put yourself in position to minimize them.
  • Get Plenty of Rest. The LSAT is a challenge; the people who write the LSAT aren’t tricksters but they are very good at what they do. They are sharp, you need to be equally sharp, so making sure that you are well rested and that your energy level is high throughout the next couple of weeks is important.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on September 5, 2017.

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