BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

What to do?

Option 1
14
47%
Option 2
5
17%
Option 3
7
23%
Option 4
1
3%
Option 5
3
10%
 
Total votes: 30

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sanetruth
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BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby sanetruth » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:01 pm

So I have officially burned out. If there ever was a burn out, this is it. Been studying since may, scores started plummeting over the last two weeks, got my worst score in 3 months yesterday, and today I can't even focus. Going over questions I once understood, I no longer understand. Trying to redo difficult games I'd done before, I miss all the inferences. So, yes, in sum, i'm burnt out. Problem is, test is saturday, and I planned to do one more PT (60) tomorrow. So I'm not sure how to approach the next few days. Here are my options:

Option 1: Don't do anything, just relax tomorrow and friday, walk in Saturday refreshed and hope it was enough time to remove burnout symptoms.

Option 2: Take PT 60 tomorrow, hope it won't worsen burnout, then take the rest of the day off, as well as friday, go in Saturday morning hopefully feeling refreshed.

Option 3: Don't take PT 60 tomorrow, but do do basic review, going over missed questions and redoing difficult games. Take friday off, etc.

Option 4: Realize that if i'm this burnt out approximately 48 hours before test, I probably won't perform as well as i can, so go in and take test but cancel score.

Option 5: Same as option 4 except accept weak score, and retake in December.

Thoughts?

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sanetruth
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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby sanetruth » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:30 pm

bump. already getting a few different responses so like to see what others think.

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby FlanAl » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:33 pm

by burn out do you mean you are just over it or do you have like a really below average PT as evidence of burnout?

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby BlueDiamond » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:33 pm

This is a question that has a different answer depending on who you are.

I'd say just take it easy and do very little LSAT stuff for the next 2 days and then maybe pick a game or a few questions you know you will kill the morning of just to get your mind back into the LSAT mode.

I've personally always found that if I start getting frustrated or experience burnout that a day or two off increases my score on the next PT I take by about 4-7 points which in my opinion is huge.

Again, differs for everyone.

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby sanetruth » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:40 pm

FlanAl wrote:by burn out do you mean you are just over it or do you have like a really below average PT as evidence of burnout?


Scored by far my lowest PT since early June just the other day. Was PTing consistently with -11 to -9, then all of a sudden dropped to -20, -22

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:45 pm

Jack off (or Jill off) and relax. It's a skills test, you didn't lose the skills, and you aren't going to score poorly unless you freak yourself off.

Stay off coffee because coffee is for closers.

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby northwood » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:47 pm

i say dont take any more full length prep tests. If you feel as though you HAVE TO do something go over you notes, or chapter summaries for the LRB and LGB ( or whatever book you used) tomorrow. Perhaps do a section of RC LR and LG UNTIMED, just to prove that you can do it.

Do something fun tomorrow instead and do this on friday ( but only for an hour, or 2 max)

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby typ3 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:00 am

Don't do anything tomorrow, play halo reach or something all day. Wake up early on the day of the test and do a game or two that you enjoy, and a few LR questions to warm yourself up and perhaps a RC passage that you've done and is easy.

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby SMG » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:31 am

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby Chris_cpb » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:42 am

typ3 wrote:Don't do anything tomorrow, play halo reach or something all day. Wake up early on the day of the test and do a game or two that you enjoy, and a few LR questions to warm yourself up and perhaps a RC passage that you've done and is easy.


Halo Reach can get you almost as angry as lsat prep if you are playing seriously. If you are playing Reach and trying to relieve stress I would probably be purposely ticking off my teammates :lol:

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby wjun15 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:43 am

i dont believe in burnout, unless im going like 10 hrs a day, but its different for everyone i guess...i would not study the next two days except for like one LG section or LR section

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby acadec » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:45 am

I'm doing 1 and I'm not even burned out. Just take it easy; there's nothing you'll learn between now and Saturday that will have a huge impact on your score, so your time is best spent making sure you're relaxed and ready to test well.

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Re: BURNED OUT ~48 hours before the test. Advice?

Postby Kabuo » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:19 am

I know it's annoying to feel burned out this close to test time. I got my lowest score in 3 months about a week ago, and since then I've mostly relaxed. Took PT 59 yesterday after 6 days of VERY light LSAT prep and got my first 180. Desertfox is absolutely right about this; you really need to just relax. You know everything you need to know. All that is left is for you to let your knowledge show on test day, and the only thing preventing that from happening will be any mental obstacles you set up for yourself.




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