WTF just happened to me?

pattymac
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WTF just happened to me?

Postby pattymac » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:49 pm

Hey guys,
So I was going to write the june LSAT and started preparing in January. I was writing PT's until school mode took over (plus I work full time) so I put the LSAT on the backburner. I started off at a terrible diagnostic of 143 but after a quick review of the bibles and some practice, I wrote "10 actual) and I got up to 155-160 range fairly consistently, with the odd 153 mixed in there (for some reason it was always 153? lol).

So anyways, I wrote PT 15 on St. Patty's day (instead of boozing, it was also my bday that weekend) and I got a lousy 152. I was absolutely rattled, so I decided to take a little break. After school and being sick, I decided to write pt 19 today.

So I sat down, started the game section, did okay on the first basic linear game (I've already seen it) and after that I totally freaked out and had a crazy anxiety attack. This has NEVER happened before; I am the most calm and collected test taker ever. Seriously. I ended up just throwing in the towel. FWIW, this is the first LSAT material I've looked at in a month. I could barely focus whatsoever, and I have a really bad cough/sniffles/dizziness which I think is from allergies b/c it has hung around for the last month. But I don't want to think thats what caused me to lose my mind on this PT b/c the games section is normally my very best section. Heck, I look forward to games most often.

I'm at my wits end. I know October is a LONG ways away. I'm going to go to the doctor tomorrow to get this sickness taken care of. I have a new girl in my life and my sleep schedule is a little erratic, which I need to work on. Can anyone relate or has any suggestions? Should I just ease my way back into things and try some logic games, LR, hell even read or do sudoku? My minds been on vacation since last Tuesday and here I was thinking I'd be refreshed and ready to go.

Thanks in advance guys. I'm desperate!

JohnnyDarko
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Re: WTF just happened to me?

Postby JohnnyDarko » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:53 pm

Ease back into it, you'll be fine. You need to devote a tremendous amount of time to the LSAT but not every second has to be writing PTs. On days that I "wasn't feeling it" I reviewed bibles and old PT questions that I did poorly on. Save new PTs for good days.

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BriaTharen
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Re: WTF just happened to me?

Postby BriaTharen » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:59 pm

You just need to get back into the swing of things. Taking a break, being sick, and chasing after a new girl are all factors- try get some sleep and get back up on the horse, even if it is just a section or two at a time.

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cardinalandgold
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Re: WTF just happened to me?

Postby cardinalandgold » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:00 pm

Try taking a couple sections from an older PT untimed, just to ease your way back into things. Or like the user above said, you could spend some time reviewing old PT's you've taken or brushing up on test taking strategies from the bibles. Good luck!

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Re: WTF just happened to me?

Postby Z3RO » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:04 pm

Don't sweat it. Take a little break from this stuff. You're gonna be fine. After a day or so, try doing some individual sections timed rather than a whole test so that you ease yourself back in.

You have tons and tons of time. Don't make this thing so unpleasant that you associate it with panic like Pavlov's dogs. This early in, you're really just learning how to do it. I was going over time constantly when I first did LG, but you gotta just keep your head up, not let it get to you, and try again.

pattymac
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Re: WTF just happened to me?

Postby pattymac » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:13 pm

Thanks for the positive encouragement guys. Today was the worst. I went to the doctor and have some bacterial infection...although I somehow it doesn't feel right to blame that on not solving 2 grouping games, something I'm prettyy good at normally. It was like I had no focus and I was reading things all over the pages. Even on the linear game, I forgot to diagram the not-laws?

Must've just been off my game. I'll ease my way back into it. Thanks!




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