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Need help on how to think better in the morning

Need help on how to think better in the morning
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:59:41 PM »
I have been practicing for the LSAT consistently in the afternoon until last week when I started in the morning. However, my test score dropped by approximately 10 points when I took a practice test in the morning. I have started to adjust my sleep schedule to waking up at 7:00 am. Is this sufficient to being able to perform at my afternoon level in the morning or should I try something in addition to this?


Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 11:37:34 PM »
Wake up earlier and begin reading. Once you have warmed up, then switch to reading LSAT material. It takes a few tries to adjust to morning studying. Aside from that, you can just force yourself to adapt to the new schedule.

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 09:55:55 AM »
my advice:

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/18/1-coffee/

That's a funny article, but I don't want to be jittery and crash during the test.

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 10:33:20 AM »
I would recommend not drinking caffeine before or during the test. Caffeine can put you into an over-hyped state, and increases the risk that you will panic needlessly.

Other than practicing, you should definitely eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night's sleep beforehand. Some students benefit from doing a few problems to warm up before the actual test, but I wouldn't overdo it since you already are taking 5 sections and you don't want to get fatigued by the end.

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 01:03:27 PM »
While I understand where tbj is coming from, not drinking caffeine might be a terrible thing to do if drinking caffeine in the morning is what you are used to.  Depriving yourself of at least a moderate amount of caffeine if you are used to drinking it could cause headaches or other problems that would distract you.  I think moderation is the key, though.  If you normally drink a cup of coffee in the morning, drink one.  But only one, not three cups for that "extra boost".  You'll have enough of a boost from adrenaline. 

The best advice I can give would be to follow your normal routine, provided your normal routine is not waking up at noon.  If that's the case, you should have tested in June (12:30 start).   ;)  Definitely eat breakfast, just make sure it's not carb-heavy, as you don't want to sleep through sections 2 through 5. 

If you don't normally, start getting up early every morning, and start that a few weeks before you test.  Try to get up about the same time you will have to get up on test day.  Eat your breakfast, do some studying, and get your mind and body used to working at that time of day.

Good luck!

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 03:23:01 PM »
While I understand where tbj is coming from, not drinking caffeine might be a terrible thing to do if drinking caffeine in the morning is what you are used to.  Depriving yourself of at least a moderate amount of caffeine if you are used to drinking it could cause headaches or other problems that would distract you.  I think moderation is the key, though.  If you normally drink a cup of coffee in the morning, drink one.  But only one, not three cups for that "extra boost".  You'll have enough of a boost from adrenaline. 

Agreed...sorry my post wasn't a very serious answer, that site just cracks me up.  But yeah, don't start if you don't already or if caffeine has a serious impact on you. 

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Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 06:33:43 PM »
I have big problems with this.

I've been working on getting up early since June. Still not used to it. I always have trouble falling asleep..I can have an 18 hour day, full of physical activities, and feel totally drained..and I will lay awake for hours and hours. This has been a consistent problem for me since graduating high school.

When I wake up at 7am, I feel retarded until about 9. The ONE thing I have found to help me get going is riding my bike for like 10 - 20 minutes. I just cruise around the neighborhood a few times. It gets your blood flowing, and I think trying to not get hit by a car gets my brain going.

If you don't ride a bike, maybe you could take a short walk.

I see some people are suggesting reading after you wake up..but I've found that just makes me tired. I'm sure it's an individual thing.

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008, 10:54:03 AM »

Definitely eat breakfast, just make sure it's not carb-heavy, as you don't want to sleep through sections 2 through 5. 

Yeah eat some eggs, and maybe some vegetables.

Re: Need help on how to think better in the morning
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2008, 03:50:08 PM »
Get up at about 5-5:30 every day for about 3 days in a row and you'll be good to go.  If you maintain consistency on when you get up, you'll start to get sleep consistently.  If you try to maintain consistency for when you go to bed first (as opposed to when you get up), it's much much harder to do.  Consistently getting up at an exact time leads to consistently getting more sleepy at a particular time.  That being said, once you're in the pattern, you should then start concentrating more on when you go to bed as well.  :-)  I don't mean to be so complicated, but it is something I've struggled with a lot (trying to fall asleep).  Once I got up at 5:30 for a couple of days in a row, everything else started to follow.