caffedriade wrote: BFlanagan wrote:
caffedriade wrote:I've been a lurker and I think the retake thread can teach me more about the LSAT than the regular Oct 2013 thread just because (1) test anxiety is a huge handicap for me, and the retakers have already faced it, and (2) I've been studying since effing February and I've plateaued in the high 160s (would like the high 170s on the PTs) so obviously I'm a n00b but sadly has studied probably longer than many retakers D';
A popular reason many retakers attribute their lower than expected performance is test anxiety. Retakers, what do you plan on doing now to prepare for it come October?
A proper warm-up process. I did it before every PT with great results. Nerves got the best of me and I spent the 30 minutes before the exam stuffing granola bars down my throat instead of warming up as always. I couldn't even focus on a basic logic game before the test.
I'm going for *two* warm up sections this time so that I am in the zone for Section 1, PT70. But, others have had great success without any warm up due to fear of fatigue.
You do TWO full sections before Section 1?
What's your warm-up routine like?
I'm not keeping up with this thread like I should..but I'm here and in it. I meant to say that I SHOULD do a 2 section warm up before the real thing in October. Normally, my routine is a full LG section (what, like 25 minutes average usually?) before each PT. It worked. I found that when I am warmed up with LG, my other sections are warmed up too. But if I warm up with RC or LR, my LG is not necessarily warmed up as well.
More importantly, every now and then the nerves would bite me before a fresh PT and I'd notice that my warm ups didn't start working until about the half way point. You know the feeling - slight black out, can't focus, scared...then you get into your groove. Other times, I was instantly in the zone and good to go. I assumed the latter would be the situation come June, and I was wrong. I tried for my normal 1 full LG section warm up, and just stared at the sheet frantically. I decided "screw it" after 10 minutes of blank stares, and wolfed down granola bars for energy instead.
To combine a functional warm up + nerves = 2 full PT sections..for even if I shake and can't get through the first warm up section, I'll have a second warm up to ensure that I'm in the zone. It's just a planned way of beating my own nerves I guess. Also, TLS1776 noted that he did 2 full sections before his test and was thankful he did. Just something to ponder.
To those concerned with LR: I'd also recommend the Manhattan LR for any and all LR enthusiasts. It really is more intuitive. The great NoodleyOne posted some great comments on Manhattan LR, and I happen to agree with them. I was going -0/-1 LR before June. Many recommend drilling the Cambridge sections with each Manhattan chapter as an overall LR routine, which is great. I would also advise, however, to incorporate some full LR sections (what Manhattan calls "mixed review") sooner rather than later. The real test comes when you have to apply the techniques and ideas under the gun in a mixed format. I made a similar mistake in my LG review: after a healthy binge of type-by-type LG questions, I noticed that speed and accuracy in question type does not necessarily equal speed and accuracy within a full section.
In short, I'd prioritize full section drilling as much as question type drilling. Just sharing some of my prep experience!