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Planning Your Week-of-the-LSAT Schedule

Say it with me: There is less than a week until the December LSAT. Now that you’ve officially awoken from your Turkey Day stupor, it’s time to get down to planning your LSAT schedule for the week. Because everyone reading this is taking different classes with slightly different schedules, I’ll refrain from giving recommendations for specific days of the week (Friday aside). Rather, I’ll give you general guidelines about what you should be doing throughout the week to make sure you’re prepared come exam day.

First, whatever you happen to do on a given day, make sure that day starts at the same time your exam day will start. If you plan on getting up at 6 a.m. the day of the test, you had better get up at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday as well (and you should have done the same last week).

If you plan on eating breakfast at 7 a.m. on exam day, do that Monday through Friday as well. Gonna drink a cup of coffee or two? Do that too. Why do all this? You make exam day your “normal” for the week, thus putting you at ease on the actual day.

Have you visited your exam site yet? That’ll need to happen before Friday. You want to know your route there, how long it’s going to take, where you’re going park and precisely where your exam center is. The less you leave to chance the better. Make the trip twice if you’re not sure. It can’t hurt. Seriously.

As for actual LSAT work? You’ve still got some on your class schedule with the review of your last LSAT practice exam and your second time trial. In addition to those, it’d be a good idea to do a little bit of practice each morning, Monday through Thursday, to train your mind to be ready for LSAT work at the same time of day during which you’ll be taking the exam. Mostly, make sure not to overwork yourself this week, as mental freshness is far more important than stressing yourself out with extra practice.

You’ll notice I didn’t tell you to study on Friday. Think of Friday as a “mental health” day. Take it off. See a movie. Have dinner with a loved one or a best friend. Don’t worry about the LSAT. Get to sleep at a reasonable hour and make sure you’re fresh for Saturday.

On Friday night (and Saturday morning), make sure you have everything necessary for test day (and not any prohibited items) by using the handy guide provided by LSAC.

Then, set twelve alarms. Okay, twelve might be a bit extreme, but two isn’t out of the question. It’s not a bad idea to set one in a different room so you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Get up, go through your routine, have some breakfast, etc. While you’re eating, do a few warm-up problems. Four to five logical reasoning questions, a game set-up and a reading comp passage markup oughta get the job done. You just want to get your brain limber so question #1 on the exam isn’t the first question you’ve seen that day.

With that, I bid you good luck and leave you with a video nugget to take your mind off of things.