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LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« on: September 27, 2008, 10:11:27 PM »
I was relying on the Burnout Advice thread to guide me through my turbulence, but its completely gone off on some Canadian beer tangent, so I've decided to start my own thread.  Anyway, instead of boring you with the minor details - here's the story in short. 

I've been studying for the Oct 4 the exam - for approximately three months now.  I've taken off of work and dedicated an average of 6-8 hours a day of studying.  Yes, I've read the bibles twice. I took Testmasters - completed each and every homework in full.  I've done preptests untimed and timed, numerous times.  Here's the problem.  I started the studying at around a 144.  With all the studying and dedication, I shot up very quickly.  A few weeks ago, I was averaging roughly 163 on the timed preptests - peeking at a 167. 

Here's the problem.  Once I hit the 167, I start going down.  Seriously down. I've been on a downward spiral ever since.  I took two separate days off to rest myself, but its seemed like its only had an even greater detrimental effect on me.  The harder I try, the worse I do.  The more I study, the lower the grades.  I tried to really focus myself and stay confident, but today I took 4th Testmaster Diagnostic and got a 153.  The weird part was that I didn't feel that the test was that difficult AT ALL.  I actually thought it was much easier than usual.  But somehow, I couldn't get past 20 questions on each section (not the LG's however.. I got a perfect score on that). 

I'm seriously losing my mind and have no faith in raising my confidence level.  I'm stuck in this never-ending *&^%-fest of low scores and I know that my potential is MUCH greater than this.  There's only so much I can do, and it doesn't seem like any of it will help me in the last few days before the test.  I have a few more preptests left and a bunch of individual questions saved for practice. What do I do?  Any advice will be of great benefit.     

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Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 10:23:57 PM »
I'm in a similar situation. My story is in the Canadian Beerfest thread.

This is my plan:

I'm going to take time off from LSAT PTs, continue to review concepts, and do timed sections only. The idea is to keep the concepts fresh in your mind but not to demoralize you with potentially devastating PT diagnostic scores.

I have faith you'll rebound when the score really matters. At least this is what I'm counting on.

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Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 12:45:06 AM »
Sounds like you need to look through what you're missing and figure out why you're missing it.  What was it about that wrong answer you picked that you missed?  What about the right one?  What are you going to pay attention for next time so you don't miss a question like this? 

And the negativity has got to go.  That's two LSAT terror threads I've seen today.  Bah!
And "Nowhere Fast"?  Come on, man.  You may think it's cute to have a self-deprecating screenname, but that kind of stuff is mental poison...really.  Change your username to "LSAT god" or something.

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Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2008, 01:09:16 AM »
At this point I don't feel it as much anymore. I studied for months and shelled out the cash, so I'm taking it regardless. Worst thing I can do is go in there and have to take it twice. Despite my obvious aversion to that and desire to do well RIGHT NOW, it's ultimately not the end of my life if I have to postpone things. There's no point in panicking now because, outside of minor tweaks, there's not a whole heck of a lot you can do but have confidence in yourself and the amount of work you put into it. I mean, hey, you know that your highest score is at least do-able and within reach, even if it's not necessarily a given. [/guidance counselor]

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Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008, 11:23:27 AM »
Sounds like you need to look through what you're missing and figure out why you're missing it.  What was it about that wrong answer you picked that you missed?  What about the right one?  What are you going to pay attention for next time so you don't miss a question like this? 

And the negativity has got to go.  That's two LSAT terror threads I've seen today.  Bah!
And "Nowhere Fast"?  Come on, man.  You may think it's cute to have a self-deprecating screenname, but that kind of stuff is mental poison...really.  Change your username to "LSAT god" or something.

Exactly what Earl said. Attitude matters. Stop whining and own the test.

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Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2008, 03:20:11 PM »
Sounds like you need to look through what you're missing and figure out why you're missing it.  What was it about that wrong answer you picked that you missed?  What about the right one?  What are you going to pay attention for next time so you don't miss a question like this? 

And the negativity has got to go.  That's two LSAT terror threads I've seen today.  Bah!
And "Nowhere Fast"?  Come on, man.  You may think it's cute to have a self-deprecating screenname, but that kind of stuff is mental poison...really.  Change your username to "LSAT god" or something.

I can definitely attribute the score decreases to my nerves.  I guess 'confidence' is what I'm missing.  The stress during the exam is causing me to slow down significantly.  My comprehension level, on both RC and LR, slows down and takes me a longer time to process certain statements.  This is especially true during the first quarter of every section.  I tend to only begin to warm up on questions 12-15 - ultimately depriving myself of the time needed to finish the section.  Although there may be some questions that are very difficult to get through - overall, it's the lack of concentration, due to my stress level, that doesn't allow me to fly through the passages/stimuli.  Also, I've noticed that although I tend to get the answer very quickly, I occasionally feel very uneasy about making it the final answer.  I tend to sit there and fight the urge to choose it right away.  Ehh.. now you can see how strained out I am...

Also, 'Nowhere Fast' wasn't chosen as a symbol to signify how depressed I am or to put me down.  It's the name of one my favorite songs by The Smiths... it's just the same name I've always chosen for message boards.  Haha - trust me, I'm the last person to think it's 'cute' to have a pseudonym that represents a gloomy and dispiriting emotion.