Last minute LSAT tips - June 2018 edition

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The June 2018 LSAT is this coming Monday! So here are a few last minute recommendations.

  • First off, it’s time to taper off from studying —  there’s not much more that studying and/or practice can do for you now except make you more stressed out and tired. Maybe work some individual questions in your toughest sections, but please don’t take that “one last practice test”—no good will come of it, and it’s a bit like running a practice marathon just a few days before the real thing. Ill-advised. Instead, it’s time to get your mind and body in shape.

  • No more alcohol for the week! (yes, that includes the weekend)

  • Get plenty of sleep.

  • Eat well (but nothing you haven’t tried before that might upset your stomach). Have breakfast Monday morning, and then an early lunch, and bring a snack for the break. Don’t forget to hydrate — this is a physical endurance event almost as much as a mental one, and your body needs fluids.

  • If you’re not a regular coffee drinker, Monday is not the time to start! (It should go without saying that this applies to all artificial stimulants.) Shaky hands aren’t good during the exam.

  • Make sure you know in advance exactly where you need to be on Monday and how you’re getting there (and where you’ll park, if applicable). These are not things you want to worry about on the day of the test.

  • Don’t forget to breathe. I mean this literally. During the exam, tension can make your breathing patterns irregular, and interrupt the normal oxygen flow to your brain. Every 15 minutes or so, take a quick break to breathe deeply a few times and get your body back on track.

  • Stretch. See above – this will get the oxygen and blood flowing again.

  • Relax. I know you’re rolling your eyes at this one. But the truth is, this test does not determine the outcome of the rest of your life. At most, it helps determine which law schools you have a likelihood of getting admitted to (or receive scholarships from). All 200-odd of the ABA-accredited law schools will give you the education you need to go on to be successful attorneys. They take you down different routes to that ultimate goal, but not “better” or “worse” ones (or, at least, “better” or “worse” isn’t a function of median LSAT scores).

  • No, I really mean it, relax. The other thing you need to relax about right now is the rest of the application process.  By taking the June LSAT, you are putting yourself way ahead of the game, so you get a break before you need to focus on the various components of the application. Use that break wisely to recharge yourself for the adventure ahead. (If you’re taking the June LSAT in hopes of admission for this fall, you can also relax: the worst that happens is that you possibly retake the test in the Fall, and apply early in the next cycle instead of extraordinarily late this time around—that might ultimately be a best case scenario.)

Good luck to all of you!