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The LSAT Prep Adventures of Cecilia Tsoukalos: Time Out

Cecilia Tsoukalos is an employee of Blueprint LSAT Preparation’s main office. She is enrolled in one of our spring courses and has agreed to blog about her experience (under a pseudonym, of course). Catch up by reading Cecilia’s last post.

Y’all ever seen that movie where Brad Pitt plays a soap salesman operating a terrorist cell from the basement of a dilapidated house? As much as I’ll always love Fight Club, Tyler Durden was wrong when he said you are not a unique and beautiful snowflake. Surprise: in the LSAT world you really are! As you’ve made your way through the course it’s likely that you’ve started to figure out which question types you’re consistently performing better on.

If you have your schedule organized to the second and your shoes are arranged by shoelace length, chances are you find ordering games pretty self-explanatory. If you pay attention to minute details and remember when the girl sitting next to you last wore the same outfit, you’re probably owning the Reading Comp section. If you’re consistently doing well on flaw questions it’s likely that you’ve got a decent bullshit detector in real life. Point being, every LSAT student is going to find that they prefer a certain type of question or section based off how they view the world. Personally, my downfall is Necessary questions. Perhaps my Positive Polly personality won’t allow me to turn Negative Nancy? On the other hand, give me a Strengthen question and I’m on it like stink on skunk (ewww). At the end of the day, every LSAT student is going to struggle and excel at something different.

With less than a month to go before the June LSAT, the one thing we can all agree to complain about is…timing. After LSAT Practice Exam 2 and adding timed elements to the Reading Comp section I keep wondering how I’m ever going to be able to get through all of the sections and keep up my accuracy. Should I petition LSAC and ask for more time on account of a bad case of chicken pox from my youth? Doubtful, at best. I overhear a lot of students in my LSAT class and talk to quite a few of you on the phone at work so if you thought that timing was something plaguing only you, you’re gravely mistaken. On the bright side, at least we’re done with learning new material.

Then there’s the other issue with time: finding it. Personally, this is one of my greatest foes. If you’re a student, chances are you’re done with finals. This means no more putting off the LSAT! Think Nike and just do it. If you’re like me, working a full time job and prepping for the LSAT, sorry, but not much has changed. Life is still hard and you may find your personal hygiene and diet worsening as a result.

If you’re working, find ways to make the extra time for homework (i.e. resign from Facebook). The black hole that is social networking likely deprives you of more time than you think. Like OMG, did you see that Jordan got engaged to that chain smoker guy with really bad earwax from our sophomore art history class? Oh my, you took another Instagram of a delicious meal that I don’t get to enjoy, thanks for making my main course of TopRamen even tastier. If you remember correctly, there was a time before Facebook. It was called MySpace. There was even a time before MySpace (don’t rebut with Friendster; that was never cool). With less than a month to go before the June LSAT, I think it’s safe to say that your online reputation will still be intact come June 11.

Stay beautiful, little snowflakes. And with that self-esteem boost, get off Facebook and make the time to finish your homework.