Yesterday was the 33rd annual Earth Day. Few ever consider the environmental costs of studying for and taking the LSAT: paper use, getting to and from LSAT class, increased electricity use from late night studying, etc. If you’re preparing for the June LSAT, here are some ways you can do your part to help out:
EARTH-FRIENDLY LSAT PREP TIP #1: Stop Bathing
Let’s face it: you’re barely leaving the house anyway. Why not take advantage and conserve water? You may well be able to save over 1,200 gallons between now and the June LSAT by forgoing showers. As an added bonus, when you take the June LSAT, your stench may depress the performance of the LSAT test takers around you, making for an easier curve and improving your LSAT score.*
EARTH-FRIENDLY LSAT PREP TIP #2: Don’t Use Printed Materials
Going through every single released LSAT question uses a lot of paper. Viewing the LSAT questions on a computer screen presents an alternative, but keeping your screen on wastes electricity. The answer is clearly to look at each page onscreen for 30 seconds to a minute to memorize its content. At this point, put your computer in sleep mode while you work through the LSAT questions in your head. Keep in mind that using scratch paper would defeat the purpose, so do your best to avoid this.
EARTH-FRIENDLY LSAT PREP TIP #3: Walk to the Test Center on LSAT Test Day
For some, this may be a convenient alternative. But even if your LSAT test center is 10, 30, or 50 miles from home, don’t let distance discourage you. A longer distance means the potential savings from walking are much greater, since driving round trip might consume 5 gallons of gas. Instead, on the night before the June LSAT, load up your backpack and make a hike of it. Many LSAT test centers are on college or law school campuses, which often have lawns or other open spaces suitable for camping. On June 11, while others will fret about finding parking in time for the LSAT, you’ll be able to zip open the tent and enjoy a leisurely morning.
EARTH-FRIENDLY LSAT PREP TIP #4: Provision Lightly
Some LSAT test takers bring up to 10 pencils on test day. This is excessive and wasteful. You’re unlikely to need more than one pencil; bring one pencil (golf pencils encouraged) and a sharpener, use them sparingly, and you’ll be fine. You can easily eliminate the need to erase by making sure you’re triply certain of each answer before you bubble it.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Earth Day, and I also sincerely hope you can come up with better conservation-minded ideas than the above. Best of luck in your LSAT prep.
*Important note: THE LSAT CURVE DOES NOT ACTUALLY WORK THIS WAY.