jbf wrote:Do you have any advice for avoiding a dip in scoring on Test Day? In October, a combination of extenuating factors resulted in me dropping a whopping 10-12 points from where I was usually scoring. For the past month, I've been averaging 168-171 consistently and I really, really want to stay in that range.
Just have gone through test day should help. You mentioned various factors. To the extent possible, neutralize them, obviously. A few other tips:Breathe:
The LSAT is stressful, and produces the freeze-fight-or-flight response, which is your body's way of dealing with sudden threats, such as the appearance of a lion.
The first response to an acute threat, such as a bear or a hard logic game, is to freeze. This prevents the predator from seeing you. You hold your breathe in readiness for action - if you've done weight lifting, you'll know you have more strength when you exhale.
You also shut down non-essential bodily functions, such as digestion and logical thought. They aren't necessarily for survival. Instead you stare at the threat, waiting to see whether you should run away or fight it.
I'm being very serious, actually. This is exactly what happens when you see a hard question and panic.
So, breathe. If you take deep breaths through the stomach, it acts as a manual override switch. If there were *actually* a threat, you'd never breathe, so breathing tells your body it can relax.
Take 5-10 seconds to close your eyes and breathe deeply 5 times, using your stomach. You'll more than make up for the time lost by regaining your capacity for logical thought. Meditate:
A little late to start this one, but even five minutes a day of sitting still and focussing on your breathing will help make you mentally more effective. Practice in different environments:
Some people do all their practice in one place: their room, the library, etc. Bad. On test day, you'll be in a different place. Try to take at least one practice test in a cafe or somewhere with distractions, different from your usual environment.Focus on your process:
You probably have a set process for handling each type of questions. E.g. Read rules, draw rules, double check rules, attempt to memorize rules, use rules to eliminate answers on list question....
If you're stuck, repeat that process to yourself, then start doing it. If you've got a good process, it will work, the trick is just getting started.
I hope that helps. This blog post at 7Sage has some more strategies: http://7sage.com/five-strategies-for-co ... at-anxiet/