There’s no doubt that 2018 was a weird year. From a student suing law schools for forcing them to take the LSAT to the proposed creation of a U.S. Space Force. However at the stroke of midnight last night, we ushered in 2019 with a flurry of fireworks and champagne bubbles, so you know what that means: new year, new YOU! If you didn’t reach your top LSAT score last year, 2019 brings nine chances. To help motivate you, we’ve come up with three resolutions for the new year that will make your studying a little easier, and, the best part is, you only have to keep these resolutions until you take the LSAT (unless you find that your life has vastly improved because of them).
1. Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle
No, you don’t have to go keto or hit the gym every day. However, making small changes and smarter food choices can greatly improve your health, which can directly influence your studying. Studies show certain foods can boost your brain power, while exercise can relieve daily stress and help clear up your mind. This isn’t a test of wills to see how much weight you can lose this year; rather, consider reaching for some blueberries instead of chips when you want a snack, or taking a walk to wind down instead of immediately rushing home for a Netflix binge.
2. Read More
Reading is an essential part of the LSAT (I mean, there’s a whole section devoted to critical reading skills). You will be asked to read passages and understand the points (i.e. arguments) presented to you. The material on the LSAT can be heavy, so it’s best to get used to reading densely-packed articles and novels so you’re eyes won’t glaze over on test day. If books aren’t your thing, there are a number of news sites you can read every day to sharpen your RC skills.
3. Get More Sleep
We’re giving you permission to hit the snooze button. Contrary to popular belief, it can be detrimental to stay up late, studying or otherwise. Sleep deprivation reduces productivity and contributes to mental and physical health problems. This year, make a resolution to sleep at least seven hours every night. It will help you in every aspect of your life, especially your LSAT prep.
These three resolutions are simple changes that are easy to implement and unlikely to be forgotten by February. However, if the only resolution you’re interested in is to get a higher LSAT score, then commit to an LSAT prep class that’s personalized to help you learn best—in-person, online, live online, or tutoring.