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LSAT Preparation => Studying for the LSAT => Topic started by: eventually on January 29, 2007, 02:27:28 AM

Title: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: eventually on January 29, 2007, 02:27:28 AM
Everyone talks about what one should  do for the LSAT prep.

Do you guys have anything to say in terms of "oh! i should not have done that" ??
(i.e. inadequate studying, drank too much coffee, studied too long)

i would appreciate your comments..
That way, i can avoid that same mistake.



Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Refused Party Program on January 29, 2007, 07:10:18 AM
Do not hang out on this board for 2-3 weeks before the test. Everyone on here freaks out and it just adds to your anxeity.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Zam on January 29, 2007, 07:20:17 AM
Do not hang out on this board for 2-3 weeks before the test. Everyone on here freaks out and it just adds to your anxeity.

Indeed. I didn't discover LSD until after I took my LSAT and I think that was a very good thing for me.

Don't psych yourself out.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: dbmuell on January 29, 2007, 01:05:58 PM
A pit I fell into:

If you happen to take a prep course, do not just "trust their method" and assume that it will give you results if it does not feel right to you.  If you get to the 2nd or third diagnostic and you are not seeing score improvements by doing the problems/practice assigned for the course, ditch the course homework and find a better method (like independently taking practice tests).  I didn't figure this out until the last two weeks before the test and as soon as I ditched their method and moved to something that made more sense, I started seeing a 5-10 pt swing on my practice tests. Remember, their methods are "one size fits all" and just because they have seen great success does not mean it's right for you...
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LawSchoolCutie on January 29, 2007, 05:47:56 PM
Don't take it if you dont have a good understanding of the concepts. You know when you don't understand the LSAT well enough. Back away from the LSAC website and reschedule to a later day.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: JTcc on January 29, 2007, 05:52:19 PM
When the girl next to you opens the test, reads the first question, puts down her pen, rests her head in her hands and starts sighing loudly every time you answer a question, don't look at her.  I estimate that such buffoonery is worth about 9 points.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: rhombot on January 29, 2007, 06:12:36 PM
do not drink too much coffee the morning of. coffee is a diuretic.

do not forget your watch at home.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: bamf on January 29, 2007, 06:32:47 PM
do not stay at school a week after finals (4 weeks before the LSAT) and trade studying for a week of drinking, even if a slew of your friends are graduating...
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Terrible Ivan on January 29, 2007, 09:44:57 PM
Do not take practice tests up until the last minute. Give yourself at least a day or two off before the big one.

Do not forgo sex the night before. Come on, we're Elaine here, not George.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Stuart on January 29, 2007, 09:52:48 PM
Yeah, I got two game sections in a row (one was a research section, or whatever they call it). Since it's my worst section, it really threw me, and I fell apart on the first game on the second one. I got it back together, but ended up making 3 mistakes on that first game. Moral: be mentally tough, expect the worst, and obviously make no assumptions about what is the experimental section.

Good luck!
Stuart
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: SilentSwirl on January 29, 2007, 10:05:13 PM
Do not hang out on this board for 2-3 weeks before the test. Everyone on here freaks out and it just adds to your anxeity.

I concur. (<~~Haha)

But really, this board is great for so many things but the week before the test you will be feeling nervous enough as it is. Everyone on here works themselves into a frenzy, plus a disproportionate number of people claim 170+ practice scores, and all of that together doesn't make it easy to walk into the test room saying, "I'm a winner!"  I wouldn't say that out loud, mind you.

One thing no one mentions: the test booklet is not made out of real paper. It's that newsprint crap that's alot thinner than what you're used to being able to erase on.

A biggie for me: (And this is a DO and not a DONT) Driving to the test center, finding a parking place, walking to the building, and finding the classroom. I am absolutely retarded with directions. Just this helped calm my nerves sooooo much!
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: kenny32 on January 29, 2007, 10:06:47 PM
Do not give up in the middle of a section. Even if its a games section and its 15 minutes in and you can't figure out the first two games. Pull yourself together and try to answer as much as possible, cause every point counts.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: SilentSwirl on January 29, 2007, 10:23:54 PM
Do not give up in the middle of a section. Even if its a games section and its 15 minutes in and you can't figure out the first two games. Pull yourself together and try to answer as much as possible, cause every point counts.

Ooo, that's a good one, too. I had about a 8 second freak out during the games section (I hate hate HATE the games) where I really just wanted to put my head down and cry. But then I Was like are you kidding me? All that work! No EFFING WAY I'm going to give up even one measly point if I don't have to.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LatherRinseRepeat on January 30, 2007, 02:38:30 AM
My TO "BRING" LIST


-- TIMER
-- Extra Pencils
-- sweater in case it's cold, tank top underneathe incase i get hot
-- ID
-- Admissions Ticket
-- banana and granola bar for extra boost of energy during the 10min. break
-- my mind and everything i've learned about the LSATs
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: rugercaptain on January 30, 2007, 05:36:53 AM
My TO "BRING" LIST


-- TIMER
-- Extra Pencils
-- sweater in case it's cold, tank top underneathe incase i get hot
-- ID
-- Admissions Ticket
-- banana and granola bar for extra boost of energy during the 10min. break
-- my mind and everything i've learned about the LSATs

FWIW, Under Armour Cold Gear (the compression-fit style garment) helps me stay warm while deer hunting in cold weather--it wicks sweat away from my skin to the outside of the garment, thereby preventing that clammy/cold feeling during long sits on stand.  I figure it'll be useful during the test because I'll probably be sweating up a storm!  And sitting in what may be a cold room (according to my admission ticket) won't help matters.  

I may wear a ball cap, too, to keep my body heat from escaping--IIRC, 30% of the body's heat loss is through the head.

rugercaptain
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: SilentSwirl on January 30, 2007, 12:23:25 PM
My TO "BRING" LIST


-- TIMER
-- Extra Pencils
-- sweater in case it's cold, tank top underneathe incase i get hot
-- ID
-- Admissions Ticket
-- banana and granola bar for extra boost of energy during the 10min. break
-- my mind and everything i've learned about the LSATs

Sounds good. I would add:
- Cough drops (just in case)
- Water or something to drink.
- Tylenol (just in case!!)
- Chapstick (I cant concentrate with chapped lips)
- Giant Eraser in case you make a bubbling mistake or games set-up mistake.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: SilentSwirl on January 30, 2007, 03:36:28 PM
My TO "BRING" LIST


-- TIMER
-- Extra Pencils
-- sweater in case it's cold, tank top underneathe incase i get hot
-- ID
-- Admissions Ticket
-- banana and granola bar for extra boost of energy during the 10min. break
-- my mind and everything i've learned about the LSATs

Sounds good. I would add:
- Cough drops (just in case)
- Water or something to drink.
- Tylenol (just in case!!)
- Chapstick (I cant concentrate with chapped lips)
- Giant Eraser in case you make a bubbling mistake or games set-up mistake.

DONT be a survival kit person and bring enough stuff to the test to be able to survive in  the wild for a few days


*pout* All this fit in a small purse. Except for the water bottle, which I had to sneak in under my armpit.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LatherRinseRepeat on January 30, 2007, 04:23:08 PM
My TO "BRING" LIST


-- TIMER
-- Extra Pencils
-- sweater in case it's cold, tank top underneathe incase i get hot
-- ID
-- Admissions Ticket
-- banana and granola bar for extra boost of energy during the 10min. break
-- my mind and everything i've learned about the LSATs

Sounds good. I would add:
- Cough drops (just in case)
- Water or something to drink.
- Tylenol (just in case!!)
- Chapstick (I cant concentrate with chapped lips)
- Giant Eraser in case you make a bubbling mistake or games set-up mistake.

DONT be a survival kit person and bring enough stuff to the test to be able to survive in  the wild for a few days


*pout* All this fit in a small purse. Except for the water bottle, which I had to sneak in under my armpit.
your list of stuff wasn't bad
meant more along the lines of, you dont need to bring:

20+ pencils
an entire box of Kleenex tissues plus a pocket pack
2 big bottles of water and a bottle of gatoraide
pepto bismol and tumms
bag of granola mix, 2 bananas, 2 powerbars and a sandwich
3 erasers
4 highlighters
2 bottles of tylenol AND Advil
a map to the nearest forest ranger station.
2 timers (a digital one with the noise cord cut and an analog stopwatch in case the digital timer has too many buttons for the proctor to allow)
an all weather wardrobe so you can be comfortable in any temperature ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees

aaaaahhhhhhahahahahahahahahah a!  hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!  you know, the first time i took the LSAT, that's exactly what the kid next to me was doing.  it was horrible.  17 pencils, 2 timers, erasers, water bottle, jacket, poooor kid started hyperventilating by the second section.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Hey Now on January 31, 2007, 05:53:47 PM
Don't get caught up in improving your practice scores.  People here love to take test after test to show the slightest improvement and calm their insecurities.  Study to do well on the real test, not to do well on practice tests.  Thirty practice scores of 170 don't mean you'll score that highly on the real thing.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Terrible Ivan on January 31, 2007, 10:40:38 PM
DO NOT COME DRESSED UP!!

I regularly dress up for tests. Nothing that causes discomfort. I feel I perform better wearing clothes that have a dab of formality in them. Just something about a button-up shirt making the blood flow a bit better than a Pink Floyd t-shirt, sweatpants, and flip-flops.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Slumdog Lovebutton on February 01, 2007, 11:00:32 AM
don't change your regular nighttime/morning routine too much.  if you watch TV before bed, do it.  if you usually jog in the mornings, don't skip it.  for me, the stress of changing around my life made me really hype up the test the first time, but not so much this December.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Slumdog Lovebutton on February 01, 2007, 11:01:05 AM
ps: i think the morning exercise REALLY helped me!!  it cleared my head, got my blood pumping, and calmed me down.
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: Vick on February 01, 2007, 11:22:31 AM
Don't think about past questions that you might have got wrong.  This is part of what killed me the first time around.  My mind kept wondering to questions that I thought I got wrong instead of focusing on the question at hand.   
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: dungchi on February 01, 2007, 06:39:34 PM
Do not study for a long time in front of a computer without taking occasional breaks. you might round house kick the monitor.  :) :)
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: jimfoolery on February 02, 2007, 03:58:24 AM
DO NOT COME DRESSED UP!!

I regularly dress up for tests. Nothing that causes discomfort. I feel I perform better wearing clothes that have a dab of formality in them. Just something about a button-up shirt making the blood flow a bit better than a Pink Floyd t-shirt, sweatpants, and flip-flops.

It's best to avoid associating yourself with anything Pink Floyd on test day; they muddle the mind.  The band you're in can start playing different tunes most days, but on test day they all need to be playing the happy happy LSAT song, in strict 4/4 time, on acoustic instruments, with unfiltered voices. 
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LatherRinseRepeat on February 07, 2007, 03:42:17 AM
Do not study for a long time in front of a computer without taking occasional breaks. you might round house kick the monitor.  :) :)

hahahahaha....that was funny!!   :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LatherRinseRepeat on February 07, 2007, 03:43:45 AM
DON'T be the person on test day that asks the proctor how much time you get for the sections (because you actually don't know)
DO loudly ask the proctor how much time you get for each section so the whole room hears you, when proctor says 35 min, get all excited and say loudly 'really, that much? I've been doing them in 25 mins at home' 
that should F'up the people in the room right in time for section 1

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D   ohhhhh......milton!
Title: Re: "NOT to do" list for the LSAT
Post by: LatherRinseRepeat on February 07, 2007, 03:46:38 AM
Do not study for a long time in front of a computer without taking occasional breaks. you might round house kick the monitor.  :) :)

hahahahahaha.....that was funny!!!!!!!!!!   :D :D :D