If you’re a Californian, you are probably a huge fan of summer—it pretty much comes with the territory. So, as a born and raised California girl, I’ve begun to get that hopeful summer feeling. It was Henry James who said, “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” I wholeheartedly agree. And, I want to get you, my LSAT-studying friends, excited for summer as well. No, this isn’t some cruel joke. I’m not going to stand outside your window with flip-flops donned while you sit crouched at your desk finishing a Logic Games section. I’m trying to get you pumped about the fact that you can also enjoy your summer, as long as you dedicate the next few months to acing the LSAT! Think about it, after that dreaded first week of June you can play! Play! You can have picnics on the beach, do cartwheels in the park, have BBQs in your backyard, get tanned, eat watermelon, play freeze tag in your street, or have a block party...just to name a few! Doesn’t that sound magical? Wouldn’t you rather work hard now so that future you can enjoy summer (the best season ever!)? The answer is yes!
So, my logic minded friends, I say to you, buckle down! Start planning out your study schedule. I find that making your calendar is one of the best things you can do to get your foot in the door of LSAT prep. While you make your schedule, it’s imperative that you say goodbye to your social life over the next few months. I’m telling you, it’s worth it! Tell Sally you’ll skip watching Suicide Squad, and instead you’ll watch that amazing summer blockbuster with her in a few months! Which one? ALL OF THEM! You know why? Because you’ll be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Now, once you’ve waved a quick goodbye to your social life and leisure time, and you’ve made your study calendar, take a practice LSAT to figure out where you stand. Try to mimic testing conditions as much as possible. Have a loved one proctor you, and don’t take any breaks (other than the 15-minute break in between sections 3 and 4)! Once you’re done, evaluate your score. See where your weaknesses lie. You want to start working on your weaknesses because they are harder to hone than your strengths. If you feel you hate the Reading Comprehension section, sit in front of twenty Reading Comp sections and continuously do them until you feel you have made them your slave! Remember to go over your strategies and then practice. Practice is key.
It’s not just about studying, though, mostly it is. You need to take care of yourself. Start sleeping well; for most of you that’s somewhere between seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Eat well; that means vegetables, fruits, fiber, protein, and vitamins. Drink well; that means water, gallons and gallons of water (maybe more like 8 cups, but, you get what I mean). A healthy body is a healthy mind.
You got this. Future you deserves a fantastic summer. Don’t let future you down and take the time to study now!