It’s almost here. In seven short days you might be elated with happiness, and you might be terrified with uncertainty, but no matter what, you’ll be really drunk. The LSAT is officially a week away.
What you probably instinctively want to do is frantically study for 22 hours per day. This is an awful idea. If you’ve continually put off your studying for the last few months, and can’t tell the difference between a between a subsidiary conclusion and a necessary assumption, then you likely will be taking the LSAT in October. But it’s probably the case that you have been studying, and you’re going to be good to go in a week. Now is actually the time to wind down a bit. The LSAT is all about performance, and being overworked and tired is just going to hurt your chances of doing well on game day. So here are some things to keep in mind during these final days.
First, like I said, don’t do too much. Any given day should probably involve a test, reviewing that test, and then playing shuffleboard for the rest of the day (or something equally stimulating). Studying for 6+ hours may have worked before when you were learning and honing skills, but now your practice should resemble the test, and the test isn’t 6 hours long (thank god). Also, doing marathons of homework won’t help you be more calm and relaxed, and being calm and relaxed is the name of the game.
If you can, take your practice tests in realistic environments. You should try to take the tests around 1:00. Do them somewhere where you’ll have mild distractions, but not too many (a public library is a good idea). If you’re in a prep class, make sure to come to any remaining exams, if there are any, to get some more practice taking the test in a group setting. And make sure you’re using wooden pencils and analogue watches.
Don’t freak out about dips in your performance. It’s normal for your score to fluctuate, so a low score here or there isn’t the worst thing in the world, and is actually to be expected. It’s good to know what your range is. Do try to figure out why it happened so you can prevent it in the future, but don’t take it as some sort of harbinger of doom.
Predict your scores. Right after you take a test, take a moment to do an inventory in your head of how you think it went, section-by-section, and then make an educated guess as to how you did. Then see what actually happened. Being able to predict your score is a good skill to have, because if after the real thing you feel like everything went terribly, you need to know if your post-test feelings are accurate so you can figure out if you need to cancel or not.
Don’t do anything LSAT-related on Sunday. Seriously. The best preparation will be to relax. See a movie. Go fishing. Screw a hooker. Whatever makes you calm and happy. Also, exercise isn’t a bad idea, as it can help prevent insomnia the night before, so ride a horse or something if you can.
Oh, and on Monday, do really well.