The June LSAT is a week away. That doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but you can get a lot done in the next seven days. OK, technically it’s six days, since it’s probably a good idea to have a day of rest before the LSAT. But hey, God created the universe in six days with a day of rest, so you can probably at least manage to squeeze a couple more points out of your LSAT score.
Here are some tips for your final week before the June LSAT:
Keep your foot on the gas.
With only seven days until game time, you mind might start to get clouded with doubts and distractions. Maybe you haven’t reached your target LSAT score yet. You’re worried about how you’re going to perform next Monday and are thinking, “What if I get sick the day before?” “What if I get stuck on a logic game?” “Am I going to have to retake?”
Realize that these types of thoughts are counterproductive (though if you’re looking for an answer to that first question, stay tuned for Wednesday’s LSAT blog post). It’s a waste of energy to play the “what if” game and worry about things that are out of your control. What you do have control over is what you do with these remaining 168 hours, so you might as well make the most of them.
As far as retaking is concerned, that’s something that shouldn’t be on your radar until you get your LSAT score. Because in the end, there are two possibilities: (1) you’ll be happy with your June LSAT score and stick with it, or (2) you’ll retake. Either way you might as well just keep studying, sleep well, and try your best. If you begin to lapse into that mindset of “Oh, I’ll just retake in September,” you will coast through the last week of valuable studying time and will score lower than your potential. Even if you’re contemplating skipping out and postponing your LSAT entirely, that is a decision that shouldn’t be made until 48 hours out. Study hard until Saturday, take one more practice LSAT and assess where you stand.
Don’t burn yourself out.
While it’s important to keep the pedal to the metal in this final week before the June LSAT, you don’t want to study too much. Think of yourself as an endurance athlete tapering down for a race. Track athletes will continue training up to the day of the race, but they’re not going for 20-mile runs and doing hill sprints the day before – they want the body to be fresh. You want your brain in a similar state. I once had a student who seemed to be doing fine, but suddenly went stir crazy three or four days before the exam. It was then that I discovered that she had taken eight practice LSATs in the last seven days. Don’t do that.
Scope out the June LSAT test site.
You’re probably going to have some degree of LSAT test day anxiety. So will everyone else. This anxiety is inevitable and largely out of your control, so embrace it. As aforementioned, it’s counterproductive to worry about things that are out of your control, so focus on the things you can control.
You may not be able to fend off the LSAT jitters, but you can prevent worrying about other things such as: “How to I get to the testing site?” “Will there be traffic? When should I leave?” “Where do I park?” “Where is the building on campus?” You can alleviate all of these concerns by taking a field trip sometime this week to your June LSAT testing center. Don’t just drive by the campus; park and walk right up to the actual building. If you can, go inside and find the room number. Once I had a student who not only found the room number, but snuck inside and took a practice LSAT. (Disclaimer: Blueprint LSAT Prep does not condone the act of trespass.)
The main takeaway here is that being in an unfamiliar place for the first time can make anyone uncomfortable. By acclimating yourself to your testing environment beforehand, you can help ensure that the only thing you have to worry about on exam day is rocking that LSAT.