The holidays are a stressful time, and they can be particularly stressful if you’re trying to find time to study for the LSAT on top of your various other obligations. Here are some tips to navigate balancing your study obligations with your social (and other) obligations this season.
1. Wake up early to study in the morning
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, the first hours of the day can be a good time to get stuff done because no one is bothering you — even your pushy relatives are likely to wait until more humane hours to start bombarding you with phone calls. Plus, depending on which administration of the LSAT you’re taking, you may need to get used to doing LSAT stuff in the wee hours of the morning anyway.
If thinking about logic first thing in the morning is just not your jam, then the same logic still applies — figure out what time of day you’re least likely to be interrupted, and block out that time to work on the LSAT.
2. Tell your family about your LSAT and law school plans
No one ever complained about having a lawyer in the family. So if your relatives and/or loved ones are giving you a hard time about all the time you’re spending hitting the books, tell them about your goals, schools you’d like to attend, and progress on studying for the LSAT. For one, they’ll be reminded that you’re dedicating time toward ~improving your future~ which will likely encourage them to get off your back. And, failing that, if you go into enough detail about the minutiae of your studying process, they’ll probably avoid future conversations with you so that they aren’t bombarded with boring details again. Truly a win-win!
3. Plan some breaks into your study schedule
No one can (or should) study for the LSAT 24/7, so for the sake of your mental health, you should be incorporating some down time into your study plan. Around the holidays, it works particularly well to combine your down time with other plans you may have; if you were already planning on taking a day off, you might as well take that day off when you’re stuck at your aunt’s house all day/planning to be incapacitated by a hangover/attending your friend’s destination wedding that was selfishly scheduled for New Year’s Eve.
Overall, try not to stress too much about your study schedule during particularly busy periods. Find time to study wherever you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you’re not able to get as much done as you usually would. And, if all else fails, don’t forget that you can always suddenly come down with a terrible case of the “flu” and barricade yourself in your bedroom for a few days.