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You Got This!

Go! Go! Go!

Well, this is it. After months of preparation, the day of reckoning – the December LSAT test day – is here.

Do you feel ready? No? That’s fine – in fact, that’s normal. No matter how long you’ve been studying, there will always be something else that you could’ve studied if you had just a little more time. But even if you don’t feel ready, you are. You’ll be walking into that test center with people who have never even seen an LSAT question before, so you’re so far ahead of the curve on preparation that it’s almost not fair.

Doing well on the LSAT is 50% preparation and 50% confidence. Have faith in all of the hard work that has gotten you to this point, and get ready to crush that test. And you know what awaits you after the test is over? Christmas cookies and all the booze you’ve been diligently ignoring until now, and whatever other holiday festivities you haven’t been able to fully enjoy with this albatross around your neck – marathoning Love Actually, sleeping in until the early afternoon, hanging out with all the friends who have been missing you for the time you’ve been locked in the library. It’s going to feel so good!

Now for some practical tips: You probably shouldn’t do much studying today, and in fact, it’s a good idea to give yourself the day off entirely. You’re unlikely to learn anything today that you haven’t already picked up in your months of preparation, and you’ll feel better and more confident going into the test tomorrow with a fresh mind.

Instead, do something fun today – go see a movie, go for a walk, make yourself a fancy dinner. Some light exercise isn’t a bad idea, but don’t do anything too far outside of your norm; for instance, if you’re normally a couch potato, it’s probably not a good idea to try out P90X for the first time today. Just take it easy, try not to stress too much, and get to bed at a decent hour.

Make sure you have everything ready for tomorrow too. That means packing your Ziploc bag, looking up directions to your test center, and choosing your perfect snack. Listen to “Eye of the Tiger” on repeat until you feel ready to chop a board in half with your bare hands.

You’re ready. You’re prepared. You’re awesome. Now go kick some ass.