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What Can LSAT Test-Takers Learn From the Olympics?

With the 2012 Olympic Games winding down, it’s time to look back on a few of the biggest stories from London to see what LSAT test-takers can glean. After all, LSAT test-takers and Olympians are really just two peas in a pod. So once you’re done checking out Ryan Lochte or Lolo Jones, let’s check out the valuable LSAT lessons that can be learned from these summer Olympics.

LSAT Lesson 1 to Take Away From the Olympics: “The most prepared person wins every time”- Michael Phelps.

The gold medal winner is not necessarily the most naturally gifted, but rather the most prepared. Phelps surprisingly said this right after losing his specialty 200m butterfly to underdog Chad LeClos. Although Phelps was undoubtedly the most talented swimmer in the pool, he came up short in a race that he has traditionally dominated, admittedly due to a lack of preparation. So even if you weren’t the best LSAT test-taker on day 1, you have plenty of time to overtake that pretentious know-it-all who exudes more arrogance than George Clooney.

LSAT Lesson 2 to Take Away From the Olympics: Don’t rely on past performance.

It can be tempting to ease up your LSAT prep once you find yourself meeting your target LSAT score on practice tests. Just because you nailed your LSAT Reading Comp section last month doesn’t mean you’ll nail it on LSAT test day. Jordyn Wieber and Ryan Lochte, both of whom were 2011 World Champions, are two examples of athletes who were upset in particular events which they dominated just last summer. So keep focused and don’t get too comfortable, even if you are performing at a high level now. Even Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt admitted he had become too complacent in his training after losing consecutive races to training partner Yohan Blake just weeks ago. Luckily, Bolt was able to refocus and recapture his title as the world’s fastest man by winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes in London.

LSAT Lesson 3 to Take Away From the Olympics: Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary took it upon himself to proclaim that he looked forward to finally beating Michael Phelps head-to-head, in front of the world. Yeah, not so much. Look, it can be tempting to let the Twitterverse know that you plan on getting a 180 on the LSAT, but you really ought to lay off on the “#180” hash tags until you’ve at least taken the LSAT.

LSAT Lesson 4 to Take Away From the Olympics: Once you’ve accomplish your goals, you can go clubbing with super models and gold medals draped around your neck.

Okay, so maybe a high LSAT score won’t turn you into an iconic sex symbol, but LSAT celebration parties have been known to get pretty rowdy.