One Month until the LSAT: What to Do
- May 07, 2010
- LSAT Advice
With one month to go until the June 7th LSAT, we at MSS have decided to give you a to-do list for the remaining days.
1. Actually start studying reading comprehension.
For some reason, most students feel that reading comprehension is something that will come easily to them (the idea being, apparently, that if you know how to read, and have been reading and comprehending for most of your life, then reading comprehension should be within your wheelhouse). Unfortunately, this is largely not the case, and failing to study reading comprehension means putting yourself in a weaker position than is necessary. You can study and improve in reading comp. Get on it.
2. Maintain basic hygiene.
This is another problem for students. With the pressure of the test rising, students begin to give up on the daily showers, and soon basic hygienics (brushing teeth, washing behind ears, etc.) go out the window. This is not a good idea. You need to maintain basic self-respect and confidence, and that starts with keeping yourself in a state of cleanliness.
3. Make a realistic assessment of yourself.
In about a week, you’re going to have to decide if you want to postpone taking the LSAT. This is a decision fraught with peril. Many students see themselves 8 or 10 points below their goal at that point, and it’s important to realistically assess how much you can improve. If you haven’t been doing the work, and feel like you are going to dedicate yourself to it better over the remaining months, then maybe you can guess that you’ll improve by a fair amount. But if you have been doing the work and are still far from you goal, it might be time to postpone to the next test date to give yourself more time to study.
4. Maintain a consistent course of study.
Don’t try to cram everything into the last week. The LSAT is not that kind of test. If you attempt to cram, you’re just going to make for a very miserable week that probably won’t have much benefit for you on test day. Ideally, you want to be consistently studying over this time (an average of a couple hours a day) so that you are not only mentally fresh but mentally prepared on test day.
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