Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

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Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:03 pm

I know burnout may depend on the person but do you think doing 3 sections a day for 4.5 weeks is enough to get burned out or not really?

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby FeelTheHeat » Wed May 04, 2011 9:06 pm

If that burns someone out, I advise them to pursue marketing.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:07 pm

Ok good. My friend said he was worried it would burn me out so I wanted to ask here to make sure he's wrong.

What about 4 timed sections a day? Is that pushing it?

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Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Wed May 04, 2011 9:08 pm

iwanta170 wrote:Ok good. My friend said he was worried it would burn me out so I wanted to ask here to make sure he's wrong.

What about 4 timed sections a day? Is that pushing it?


Adding 1 extra section/day will not tip the scale to burnout. If your friend did this for 30 years in a row, I would advise against it.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby KibblesAndVick » Wed May 04, 2011 9:13 pm

Personally, I would feel burn out if I tried to do prep on too many consecutive days. The amount of time I spent each day taking and reviewing prep tests didn't matter as much. Make sure you take days off or else your brain will melt.

Also, the real test is 5 sections long. Once you get a handle on the material you should make sure you take whole prep tests to help with endurance and concentration. Only doing 3 sections at a time will make the real LSAT seem terribly long.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:17 pm

So let's say hypothetically I am taking the June 6 LSAT and my schedule is wide open until then. What would an ideal weekly study schedule be if I just want to do timed sections or tests? How many off days do I need?

I have taken the LSAT a few times before so I'm not starting from scratch. I really just want to sharpen my mind until the test.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby dr123 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:18 pm

More hours per day + less days per week > Less hours per day + more days per week

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby firemed » Wed May 04, 2011 9:24 pm

iwanta170 wrote:So let's say hypothetically I am taking the June 6 LSAT and my schedule is wide open until then. What would an ideal weekly study schedule be if I just want to do timed sections or tests? How many off days do I need?

I have taken the LSAT a few times before so I'm not starting from scratch. I really just want to sharpen my mind until the test.



Okay... here is an example schedule:

Tues/Thurs/Sat:
0700- required morning stuff.
0800- Timed full test under the closest to test day conditions possible
1330- Eat
1400- review test, determine errors
1500- Take three timed sections
1700- Review sections

Mon/Wed/Friday

0800- Three timed sections
1000- review sections
1100 - read things that will help you on LSAT (bibles, economist, whatever you are weak on)
1230- eat
1300- call it a day

Sunday- do whatever the heck you want

Also, for your last .5 of a week do NO LSAT prep. Take the time to breathe.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:28 pm

dr123 wrote:More hours per day + less days per week > Less hours per day + more days per week

In that case, how does it sound to take a full test every other day and use the other day reviewing questions I missed? Feel free to tweak that plan if you think something else would be better. My schedule is literally wide open as I said.
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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:28 pm

firemed wrote:
iwanta170 wrote:So let's say hypothetically I am taking the June 6 LSAT and my schedule is wide open until then. What would an ideal weekly study schedule be if I just want to do timed sections or tests? How many off days do I need?

I have taken the LSAT a few times before so I'm not starting from scratch. I really just want to sharpen my mind until the test.



Okay... here is an example schedule:

Tues/Thurs/Sat:
0700- required morning stuff.
0800- Timed full test under the closest to test day conditions possible
1330- Eat
1400- review test, determine errors
1500- Take three timed sections
1700- Review sections

Mon/Wed/Friday

0800- Three timed sections
1000- review sections
1100 - read things that will help you on LSAT (bibles, economist, whatever you are weak on)
1230- eat
1300- call it a day

Sunday- do whatever the heck you want

Also, for your last .5 of a week do NO LSAT prep. Take the time to breathe.

Thank you for taking the time to type this up. My concern is that this will burn me out.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby patrickd139 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:34 pm

iwanta170 wrote:Thank you for taking the time to type this up. My concern is that this will burn me out.

Might want to rethink the whole law school thing. LSAT prep is weak sauce compared to how hard some people gun in LS and as associates.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby Verity » Wed May 04, 2011 9:36 pm

dr123 wrote:More hours per day + less days per week > Less hours per day + more days per week



This is not necessarily true. If we're talking 10hrs/day, 4 days a week versus 8hrs/day, 5 days a week, that's one scenario; 1 hr/day, seven days a week versus 2 hrs/day, four days a week is a totally different one.

OP, the point is to push yourself as much as you can without burning out, and to save at least one or two days a week to relax. These "relax" days are important, not just for energy, but because your mind will process all of this information intuitively.

Above all, make sure that you're spending all of this time efficiently, and figuring out why you made mistakes. You should also evaluate the questions you got right, because sometimes you may take them for granted without realizing that you got them right for the wrong reason.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby firemed » Wed May 04, 2011 9:43 pm

iwanta170 wrote:Thank you for taking the time to type this up. My concern is that this will burn me out.



Um... It is less than 50 hours a week, and you get Sundays and evenings off.


One thing you HAVE to remember is that the LSAT is vitally important. Even if your GPA is only 3.0, a 160 is going to get you into the T2 at sticker... but a 175 gets you into the T14, and the T1 with $$$.

Also, if you find yourself getting burned out you just comp yourself a day (except Saturdays... you need to get yourself used to working hard on Saturday mornings). You want to vomit when you look at the preptest on a Tuesday... take the day off. You can hit it hard again the next day. Just set in advance that you won't take more than 4 (or 5, or whatever) days off during study time... and try to beat that.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby iwanta170 » Wed May 04, 2011 10:00 pm

How about this? Too much? Not enough?

Monday Full test
Tuesday Off
Wednesday 3 sections
Thursday Full test
Friday Off
Saturday Full test
Sunday 3 sections

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby Moral_Midgetry » Wed May 04, 2011 10:04 pm

It really depends on the person and what you can handle. Err on the side of caution and don't overdo it but a PT a day + full review and a few timed sections is definitely not too extreme. I did that for like 8 week straight at the end of my prep. Find what works for you and if you end up burned out take some time off.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby firemed » Thu May 05, 2011 12:07 am

iwanta170 wrote:How about this? Too much? Not enough?

Monday Full test
Tuesday Off
Wednesday 3 sections
Thursday Full test
Friday Off
Saturday Full test
Sunday 3 sections


This seems fine.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby shoeshine » Thu May 05, 2011 12:10 am

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby 2011Law » Thu May 05, 2011 12:31 am

I was very chill doing 10 sections a week, but 21 sections a week (including the review, which should be very thorough), would probably burn me out (along with full time school). I think if you were doing 15 though, either spreading it out or skipping 2 days a week, you'd be fine.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby tiniestdancer7 » Thu May 05, 2011 12:39 am

if i go like 4 days in a row without a break i burn out. maybe that's just me though

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby SanDiegoJake » Thu May 05, 2011 2:16 pm

Since the June test is in the afternoon, I'd recommend that any full test you take be done in the afternoon as well.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby Eichörnchen » Thu May 05, 2011 2:23 pm

tiniestdancer7 wrote:if i go like 4 days in a row without a break i burn out. maybe that's just me though

Everyone's very different I suppose. I study every single day, and I take a few day break about once a month and I am feeling no burnout at this point (Done so since Feb).

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby YaSvoboden » Thu May 05, 2011 3:16 pm

With no work or school Firemed's original schedule seems totally reasonable, I would just edit that you should spend more than an hour reviewing your full PT's, if this means going back to the bibles or whatever other material you have, do that over just banging out more sections. Prep isn't just about getting through tests, find weaknesses and eliminate them.

I would also add that you should throw in some time to work out at least 3 times a week. I function way better when I am exercising, as do most people.

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Re: Will I burnout doing 3 timed sections a day?

Postby fltanglab » Thu May 05, 2011 3:34 pm

I am studying for the June LSAT right now and I'm not doing timed sections atm, but I also don't have a huge issue with timing. Accuracy is much more important for me so I've been doing 30-40 problems of weaknesses and will be adding mixed sections to that soon (tomorrow). Personally I think 3 timed sections a day is not effective unless you are also spending a good amount of time reviewing them and I know at least for me when I start timing I'll be trying to go under 30 minutes as much as possible. So IMO timing is when one can work on speed. But, whatever works for you is good. And I second the poster above about exercise. I'll be running every morning next week until the LSAT to help my body be in the best possible shape for test day.




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