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Five Resolutions for the February Exam


Welcome back to the grind, LSAT-takers! The holidays are over, and it’s time to put your game face on because the February LSAT sure ain’t gonna take itself.

On that note, I had the misfortune a few days back of hearing the smarmiest of exchanges on the radio.

Warming up her guest, the host politely inquired, “So, have you laid out your resolutions yet?”

After an ingratiating throat-clearing, the guest replied, “Well I make resolutions all year long, rather than waiting for an arbitrary date. So, no, I’ve not made any New Year’s resolutions.”

Now I don’t usually bother with New Year’s resolutions myself, but this year I’m taking a stand against obnoxiousness. And I’m abusing my position of power to enlist young LSAT scholars’ efforts as well. So here follows our New Year’s resolutions (a bit late, perhaps, but still timely enough), to which we resolutely commit, for the February LSAT:

1. No Zero Days. Even at your busiest, try not to let a day go by without doing something productive. If that’s just one logic game, so be it — but improve every single day.

2. Take Untimed Practice Exams. This will help individuate between what you struggle with under time constraints and what you fundamentally don’t understand fully.

3. Get Perfect on Conditional Logic. Can’t ace the test without it; consider it the basil to your LSAT pesto.

4. Be Selfish With Time. Everybody wants a piece of your time, from friends, to significant other, to family. Well, they just got all they’re going to get over the recent holidays until the exam is over. Let these people who are pulling you every which way know that the LSAT is your constant and only companion for the next month.

5. Be Kind to Yourself. Eat healthy. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. You have to be in tip-top shape for exam day, and these are things you can’t ignore.

And, most importantly, don’t be an ass on public radio. Best of luck to you in 2016 and beyond!