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How to Stay Sane and Sharp the Week of the February LSAT

  • by Yuko Sin
  • Feb 04, 2014
  • General LSAT Advice, LSAT

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Is your desk covered in eraser dust? Are you having nightmares about mis-bubbling Scantrons? Then welcome to the final week before the February LSAT! This week will be all about staying sane and sharp.

Here’s how:

Staying Sane For the February LSAT

To keep your sanity before the February LSAT, you will take Thursday and Friday off. Many of you will be tempted to do some more studying. Don’t. I’ve often seen students improve by several points after taking a few days off. I’ve also seen overworked students break on LSAT day. Your brain just needs some time off.

We don’t want any surprises during the February LSAT — or before. So this week I want you to drive to your LSAT test center. Get there by 8 a.m. Figure out where you can park. Find the bathrooms. Bring a practice LSAT and do some studying right inside one of the rooms. LSAT test day should feel like just another practice test.

But, you should know that sometimes things go wrong. The proctor might call time five minutes early. You might be seated next to an evil jerk who constantly sighs and moans. You need to do your best to ignore all these distractions. Even in the worst of cases, the best remedy you can hope for from the LSAC is a free LSAT retake. That’s not much of a consolation. So try your best and don’t hope for any score increases for LSAC. I think simply knowing that annoyances like this happen will make it easier for you to recover if something does go wrong.

My best tip for keeping the stress off is to go for a run. A short jog, or a few sprints up a hill will help calm you down. Just don’t try sprinting inside of your LSAT test center. It makes the proctors nervous.

Staying Sharp For The February LSAT

To stay sharp, you should do two to three practice LSATs this week. Any more, and you’ll risk burning yourself out. Don’t worry about any drops in your practice LSAT scores. These things happen. They happen less after you take some time off.

If you’re a Blueprint LSAT Prep student, make sure you review all of your flow charts, and all of the intro pages for the Logical Reasoning question types. You need to know exactly how to anticipate the correct answer choices, and what the typical wrong answer choices look like for each of the Logical Reasoning question types.

Finally, everyone should review the mistakes they’ve made so far on their practice LSATs.

Check back in with the LSAT blog this week before and after you take your LSAT. We’ll keep the tips coming until Saturday, and then we’ll recap the February LSAT.

If you’re struggling with anything in particular, feel free to post about it in the comments.

Good luck!

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