« on: December 17, 2008, 12:25:19 PM »
Lets start a thread specifically to discuss distractions while taking or studying for the LSAT. I am positive that all of us had had to put with a roommate, family member, friends, car alarms, street noise, crappy locations, time of day, loud neighbors, work, vices, the internet.... At least one of these things has distracted you... maybe all of them throughout your time spent studying for the LSAT.
I had a loud roommate who was just a very noisy person. Its like he made noise just to get attention. Talked loudly on the phone, listened to music 24/7, always asked "hows it was going?" every 15 mins, and did countless other little things that were distracting enough to make my apartment a no study zone.
Since I have been out of school for 2 1/2 years I can't use a university library. I had to use the San Francisco main public library. The facility itself is very nice but the place gets flooded with homeless people daily. Every other seat or desk is occupied by a poor soul who can't help from talking to themselves or falling asleep and snoring or organizing their belongs for several hours while making enough noise to wake the dead.
I studied at this library for hours almost every day for several months and started to get use to it. I saw these flaws as strengths. If I could put up with this.... I could put up with any distractions.... I rarely went to a coffee shop or something because I needed either complete white noise or complete silence while studying. If I had neither one, then I could not concentrate.
The worst day ever was right when I began to click with the logic games. I was on a roll when suddenly the Blue Angels flew over the library. The were looping around the whole city getting ready for their weekend airshow. I was sitting next to a window and spent at least 2-3 hours "studying" how cool the Blue Angles were. The whole day was wasted in the LSAT sense.
The last thing that distracted me was the internet. I am so used to checking my email or some other crap 50 times a day that I would want to read my email or check facebook in the middle of questions. I had to unplug myself when I went to study. No internet, phone away in backpack on SILENT.
What about all of you? What was or is the most distracting stuff that you put up with?