How to Stay Sane and Sharp the Week of the February LSAT

Is your desk covered in eraser dust? Are you having nightmares about mis-bubbling Scantrons? Then welcome to the final week before the February LSAT! This week will be all about staying sane and sharp.

Here’s how:

Staying Sane For the February LSAT

To keep your sanity before the February LSAT, you will take Thursday and Friday off. Many of you will be tempted to do some more studying. Don’t. I’ve often seen students improve by several points after taking a few days off. I’ve also seen overworked students break on LSAT day. Your brain just needs some time off.

We don’t want any surprises during the February LSAT — or before. So this week I want you to drive to your LSAT test center. Get there by 8 a.m. Figure out where you can park. Find the bathrooms. Bring a practice LSAT and do some studying right inside one of the rooms. LSAT test day should feel like just another practice test.

But, you should know that sometimes things go wrong. The proctor might call time five minutes early. You might be seated next to an evil jerk who constantly sighs and moans. You need to do your best to ignore all these distractions. Even in the worst of cases, the best remedy you can hope for from the LSAC is a free LSAT retake. That’s not much of a consolation. So try your best and don’t hope for any score increases for LSAC. I think simply knowing that annoyances like this happen will make it easier for you to recover if something does go wrong.

My best tip for keeping the stress off is to go for a run. A short jog, or a few sprints up a hill will help calm you down. Just don’t try sprinting inside of your LSAT test center. It makes the proctors nervous.

Staying Sharp For The February LSAT

To stay sharp, you should do two to three practice LSATs this week. Any more, and you’ll risk burning yourself out. Don’t worry about any drops in your practice LSAT scores. These things happen. They happen less after you take some time off.

If you’re a Blueprint LSAT Prep student, make sure you review all of your flow charts, and all of the intro pages for the Logical Reasoning question types. You need to know exactly how to anticipate the correct answer choices, and what the typical wrong answer choices look like for each of the Logical Reasoning question types.

Finally, everyone should review the mistakes they’ve made so far on their practice LSATs.

Check back in with the LSAT blog this week before and after you take your LSAT. We’ll keep the tips coming until Saturday, and then we’ll recap the February LSAT.

If you’re struggling with anything in particular, feel free to post about it in the comments.

Good luck!

8 Responses

  1. John says:

    Ive noticed my prep test LR has sunk rather drastically (6 less questions right-ish overall) in the past two weeks even though I have continued to actively review my mistakes since I started back over the summer with BP. Any advice how I can get back on track for Saturday? Thanks!

    • Yuko Sin says:

      Hey John,

      How’s your LSAT score overall doing? The different tests are equated to each other in terms of difficulty as a whole, so you can have very different difficulty levels between sections. If your overall score is doing fine, I wouldn’t worry about swings on particular sections, since your sample size is really small.

      For LR, the thing I see most often with my own students is that they tend not to anticipate as much toward the end of their prep. They improve their LSAT intuition, see some success, and then get away from following the procedures exactly. Make sure you’re anticipating every single time, even on the early, easier questions.

      If you’re already anticipating all the time, then you have to figure out what some of these questions you’re missing have in common.

      Do the wrong answer choices commit similar logical flaws? Do the stimuli feature similar prevalent forms of argumentation? Similar flaws? Complex prompts? Question type? Once you narrow down your weaknesses you’ll be in better shape to fix them.

      Let me know when you’ve got it narrowed down, and I’ll give you some tips on how to address your weaknesses.

      • John says:

        My scores have dipped a bit overall from PTing in the 170+ a month ago to the mid 160’s now. I appreciated your advice on anticipation. Ive been doing this prep for a while now and I think I forget sometimes to check out all the answers because B looks so tempting or even skim the stimulus. Ill make more of an effort to slow down. Ive noticed Ive started to even get one or two of the first ten wrong and that never used to happen. Thank you!

        • Yuko Sin says:

          There are question types where you don’t really have to read all the answer choices. For example, Sufficient questions that are diagramable will always give you the exact right answer from the anticipation. Same with MP questions. But for anything where you can’t get a hard anticipation it’s better to give all the answer choices a careful look.

          Slowing down is important. Often people brag about how early they finish a section. This is a mistake. You should finish with less than a minute to go. Using all your time as the questions come up is really important. If you finish early you’ll go back and reread, which is almost always a bad thing to do.

          Good luck this weekend. Check back in and let us know how it felt.

        • Yuko Sin says:

          Oh and skimming is the worst sin you can commit against your LSAT score! Cut that out.

  2. agopolis23 says:

    Once you have a solid foundation/method for each type, you can burn through 1-10 in 10 minutes, and finish 11-21 in 20 minutes… It’s not considered skimming at that point, its more like being as fast And accurate as possible…. But that’s only effective once you have a solid foundation and have had exposure to enough tests.

  3. agopolis23 says:

    I use this method, but only after I was able to conistently keep my score above 170 while untimed, proving each problem. After a while you can train your intuition by working through, proving why every answer is right or wrong.

  4. agopolis23 says:

    I meant 175*

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