The June LSAT is in four weeks, that’s 28 days or 672 hours or 40,320 minutes… moments so dear. However you measure a month in the life of an LSAT student, here’s some advice on how to handle yourself leading up to “Monday fun day,” aka the 2014 June LSAT.
TIP I: Take lots of practice tests (“We talkin’ about practice!” –A. Iverson)
Get used to completing full-length exams under LSAT test day conditions; that means 5 sections, 35 minutes each, in a chair, at a desk. If you can get yourself into a classroom for proctored practice LSATs, do it. I suggest taking the most recently available exams leading up to Monday fun day. Also, if your schedule allows it, take some practice tests at 12:30 p.m. (the time the LSAT begins). Through this process you’ll learn when you need to be ready to get your exam on. Now is the time to figure out how to avoid the LSAT test day “What do I put on my English muffin freak-out.”
TIP II: There is time for improvement (“Improvement begins with I.” –A. Glasgow)
One month is definitely enough time to improve your LSAT score, so know where your weaknesses are on the exam and work on them. If a certain section is causing you problems or you’re having accuracy issues with a particular question type, focus on those areas. If you’re still struggling, seek assistance from a legit LSAT tutor. You can increase your LSAT score the most by fixing your problem areas, so pick up points where you can.
TIP III: Have realistic expectations (“Expect Realness.” –P. Kornberg)
Having said all that stuff about there still being time for improvement, if you’ve studied the right way and taken a sufficient number of practice exams, you’ll see your LSAT score start to level off. You should expect to score around this number on the LSAT, of course there is a standard deviation of a few points better or worse but don’t expect to get a 180 if you’ve never scored in the 170’s. Walk into Monday fun day knowing what you’re capable of; then do the best you can.
TIP IV: Relax (“Relax!” –F. Goes To Hollywood)
Make time for fun, turn your brain off, do some chilling or whatever you do to put your mind at ease. Whether that’s going out with a group of friends, catching up on your DVR or doing something active outdoors, reward yourself for putting in the hours of studying with some hours of not studying. You don’t want to exhaust yourself before the exam. You want to be at your peak level. So find some time to enhance your calm and replenish that brain focus meter, especially the day before the LSAT.