It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Overcoming LSAT Prep Doubt

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Here in Boston, it’s Patriots’ Day and – more importantly – the day of the Boston Marathon, which is a cause for citywide celebration. I love staking out a spot on the course and watching the runners pass. Congrats to Rita and Meb!

Training for a marathon takes months of preparation, just as fully preparing for the LSAT does. We’ve probably all experienced the highs and lows of such an undertaking: First, you decide you’re going for it. You can’t wait to lace up your shoes or hit the books every day, probably with “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the back of your head.

But then, after a few weeks, fatigue starts to set in. Setting aside the time to do something that isn’t always fun starts to seem like more of a burden, particularly when you consider how long away your reward is.

If you’re studying for the June LSAT, you might be starting to hit that point now. Perhaps you’re frustrated with what feels like a lack of progress, or it feels like you’ll never be able to stop studying, or you get a panicky feeling when you think of how much you still need to learn. If the doldrums of studying start getting to you, here are some things to try:

1. Take a day off
If you’ve been studying too much, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting burnt out. It’s not a fun experience and, more importantly, it will be an interruption to your studying (usually at the least opportune moment). A day off won’t kill you, and in fact it will be good for you – so set aside a day to get together with your friends and have some fun before you lock yourself up with your books again.

2. Remind yourself why you’re doing this
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the day-to-day routine of studying that you forget why you’re even putting yourself through all this misery. Take some time to try to re-focus and remind yourself why you want to go to law school. Visit the website of your top-choice school and daydream about being one of the people walking down that sidewalk. You’re prepping for the LSAT for a reason, and it will all be worthwhile.

3. Give yourself some perspective
The LSAT is an important test, but it’s also not the end-all be-all. The worst-case scenario is most likely that you’ll have to retake the LSAT or even take an extra year off before law school – which might not sound great, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world either. Don’t put too much pressure on this test, because no matter what, it will work out.

4. Remember that you’re not the only one
Misery loves company, and you’ve got plenty of company – there are thousands of people experiencing the same highs and lows that you’re experiencing right now. Talk to a friend or even leave a comment here if you feel the need to vent, because hey, we’ve all been there too. Both marathons and LSAT prep can seem like very solitary undertakings, so it can be helpful to remember that others have gotten through it just like you will.

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