What To Do With One Week Left

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Okay, okay I don’t want to scare you, we are not near the one-week mark just yet. But, we’re close, so I’d like you to be prepared so that when you cross off that 8th day before the LSAT, you don’t have a monumental freak out that there are only seven days left.

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Alright, we know that we are trying to take as many LSAT practice exams as often as we can. However, when those last seven days before the exam come, you need to change up your LSAT prep. First of all, if you aren’t already getting at least seven hours of sleep EACH night, then you must start the week before the test. Why, pray tell? Because your level of exhaustion is not necessarily based on how much sleep you’ve gotten the previous night. Your lack of sleep catches up with you. Therefore, once day seven comes, you need to start getting AT LEAST seven hours of sleep; I’d even go so far as saying try for eight!

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Now, the very last practice exam you should take is three days before the exam. So the June exam is on a Monday. That means that Friday should be the last day you take a full-length practice LSAT. As you know, once in a while you’ll get a fluke exam that will inaccurately reflect your score, whether it’s due to an off day or some unconscious distraction. Therefore, you don’t want to accidentally take that off exam on the day before your LSAT right? Of course not! You’ll freak yourself out! Take your last practice exam on Friday, grade it, go over it and then Saturday just do individual practice sections.

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Now, we come to my next point. In the beginning of your studying you want to try and focus heavily on your weakest sections. But, as the test date approaches you want to focus on your strengths. As you know, it takes longer to hone your weaknesses than to hone your strengths. At some point you will gain more from focusing on your best section than focusing on your worst section. By the time the last seven days roll around you really want to be spending a large amount of your time tweaking the details of your best section.

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As with the sleep, you need to be eating immaculately over the last seven days. Our bodies are well-tuned and oiled machines. A small glitch one day can catch up with you a few days later. So, don’t go out to restaurants that might get you sick. If there is anyone around you who so much as sneezes, it’s not the time to be polite, either leave or ask them to. You’ve worked too hard to get sick on the last few days and compromise points for something you could have avoided.

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Lastly, and this might be the most important and the hardest for you to actually do. On the last day before the exam, DO NOT STUDY. Yes, you read correctly.  Do NOT study. You know as well as I that one extra day of studying will not change anything. But one extra day of relaxation before the exam can help you clear your mind and nerves before test day.

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I know you need some time to process this, which is why I’ve told you in advance so you can prepare yourself. It’s very, very important to be well fed, well slept and relaxed! Alright, now we still have a couple more weeks to study, so go take that practice LSAT!

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Happy Studying!

. Updated on Aug 18, 2016