A Brief History
While the average LSAT student takes 6-12 months for their test prep, sometimes that just is not an option; however, that does not mean that studying in less time means you are doomed. While you will have to be ready to buckle down and throw yourself entirely in to your LSAT test prep, it is possible. Here are 5 procrastinator’s study tips to show you how:
#1 – Pick Where You’re Going To Start
One of the hardest parts for any LSAT student regardless of time can be figuring out how to get started. There is so much information in between you and the exam that things can feel overwhelming. So, here is where you start: Take a practice exam.
Not just a few practice questions either, you need to sit down and complete a full-length, timed, practice LSAT exam. The official LSAC website has a free practice LSAT test you can download to help you get started. Once you finish the test, you’ll have a much better idea of what areas need your most urgent attention and what areas you’re already doing well in, so you can prioritize your prep. It will also help you familiarize yourself with the testing format and question style. Getting used to the types of questions the LSAT has will help you start to recognize patterns that the test writers regularly use.
#2 – Don’t Obsess
Now that you’ve gotten your first peek at what the LSAT is going to be like, don’t panic. Odds are you ran into a handful of questions that just didn’t make sense and that you can’t seem to understand even with explanation. This is completely normal. Every LSAT is going to have a couple of oddball questions thrown in that don’t fit any kind of pattern and are impossibly difficult. Realistically, these questions aren’t even worth focusing on. There are so few of them that they won’t significantly impact your score, and since you’re already limited on LSAT test prep time you’re better off focusing on the more popular question types.
#3 – Quality Not Quantity
One of the biggest pressures on the LSAT is the time limit. In fact, if you had no time limit at all you would probably be able to get most (if not all) of the questions correct. With the clock ticking down it can be tempting to try to rush through each question by scanning or cutting corners, but this will only cost you more time. When students skim a question, they’re more likely to have to go back and re-read parts or will second guess their answer, and there just is not time for that. You’re much better off taking the extra couple of seconds to fully read each question so you can move on more quickly.
#4 – Find A Balance
While working on your LSAT test prep you’ll begin to discover which sections play to your strengths and which sections you struggle with. While you should focus on improving your weak areas, make sure that you’re not neglecting your strong areas either. All of the 101 questions on the LSAT are scored equally, so adding correct answers in any section will help improve your overall grade. If it’s easier for you to add correct answers to your strongest section, then work on that instead of only focusing on your weak areas.
# 5 – Take Care Of Yourself
This is a very stressful time in any student’s life, but that’s no excuse for neglecting your physical and mental health. The next month of LSAT test prep is going to be intense, so be careful not to let yourself burn out or get sick. When you’re creating your study schedule, make sure to factor in plenty of sleep, exercise, healthy meals, and socialization. LSAT test prep is basically a mental marathon–make sure you’re training for it in a healthy way.
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For more information, please see…
Hatch, Lisa Zimmer, Scott A. Hatch, et al. LSAT For Dummies (with Free Online Practice Tests). For Dummies, 2014.
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