Cig or No Cig?

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Squintz805
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Cig or No Cig?

Postby Squintz805 » Sun May 12, 2013 2:53 pm

Before i begin this post, I do not care that I'm "killing myself slowly", "getting cancer", or "its a bad habit".

Sometimes I feel cigarettes are what get me settled and calm before the test, and other times I feel like it gets me out of the loop, not able to focus. To the smokers out there, have you seen any trends or have some insight on the relationship between taking PT's (or the actual LSAT) and smoking cigarettes?

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby nyjets2090 » Sun May 12, 2013 3:44 pm

I have no idea, but, you should definitely not try to quit smoking right before the LSAT. Definitely try to quit after.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby FKASunny » Sun May 12, 2013 3:56 pm

Squintz805 wrote:Before i begin this post, I do not care that I'm "killing myself slowly", "getting cancer", or "its a bad habit".

Sometimes I feel cigarettes are what get me settled and calm before the test, and other times I feel like it gets me out of the loop, not able to focus. To the smokers out there, have you seen any trends or have some insight on the relationship between taking PT's (or the actual LSAT) and smoking cigarettes?


I feel like how cigarettes make me feel has a lot to do with a variety of other factors. If a slept well the night before and remembered to eat, then a cigarette makes me feel calm and collected. If not, I can get jittery or woozy. How often do you smoke? Have you noticed anything like this for yourself? If you're not a chain smoker or you don't need a cigarette to feel 'normal,' then I would say avoid smoking for the few days leading up to the test, but if you're an habitual smoker, don't change any habits until after the test.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby mehiguess » Sun May 12, 2013 7:50 pm

I wouldn't recommend changing any happens before the LSAT. Whatever your smoking routine is, keep it that way!

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Uncle Lou » Sun May 12, 2013 7:52 pm

I'd say just don't smoke immediately before any more PTs or the actual test. You want to make the conditions on test day as similar as possible to the conditions that you studied under. If you're having erratic results from a pre-test cig, I wouldn't risk it unless you're an actual smoker who can't make it however many hours without a smoke, or unless you can pin down some other factor that's leading to the jittery, unfocused thing you experience. In that case, well, just cross your fingers.

I'd also appreciate it if you could try requesting a smoking room when you check in on test day and report back to us on the results. Thanks.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby bombaysippin » Sun May 12, 2013 10:02 pm

Squintz805 wrote:Before i begin this post, I do not care that I'm "killing myself slowly", "getting cancer", or "its a bad habit".

Sometimes I feel cigarettes are what get me settled and calm before the test, and other times I feel like it gets me out of the loop, not able to focus. To the smokers out there, have you seen any trends or have some insight on the relationship between taking PT's (or the actual LSAT) and smoking cigarettes?


As with what everyone said already, definitely don't try to quit before the test since that's just added anxiety and cravings...

As for any insight before taking PTs, I think it's best to smoke if you have to at least half an hour before the PT...that way you have some time to kind of let the effect kick in and calm you down, or if it gets you jittery, it'll wear off by the time you have to take the exam.

I would also not recommend taking a cig in the 10 minute break, because of the reasons I stated above, but that's to each his own.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Squintz805 » Mon May 13, 2013 12:25 am

I would not consider myself a chain smoker, but I definitely have 4-5 on a daily basis. I'm taking a PT manana, so i'll probably have one 30 minutes before I start the test and during the break. Getting the recommendation I shouldn't quit is somewhat relieving considering I've stuck with this attitude without talking about it with other people.

I really don't know how much it affects me yet, and I'm probably gonna end up taking notes on how I feel, especially if having a cigarette during the break (for some reason I feel like this will make it worse). My buddy who took the test in October '12 told me to smoke as many as I could/needed before the test and said try to get in two during the break (his reasoning-- he is an avid smoker, and well...has his own unique way of doing things). He scored right under 160 for those curious, is retaking, and still stands by this.

I'll start recording cigarettes and trends and will report back to the others that are curious.

To the above post, when you mean smoking rooms, do you mean like an actual room I can smoke in? Confused by this one.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Nightrunner » Mon May 13, 2013 12:28 am

If you're addicted to nicotine, then make sure you get nicotine. Patches, gum, dip, or snus all work.

If you're not addicted to nicotine, then I'd just smoke one before the exam and quit stressing. Your time is almost assuredly better spent on narrowing down the types of questions you miss in PTs, instead of running control-variable experiments with cigarette breaks.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Clearly » Mon May 13, 2013 12:30 am

Again, too much dogma. Just do what you always do, it's a multiple choice test for christs sake. You will know the answer or you won't, if you're a smoker keep smoking, if you're not a smoker don't start.

The only thing I will say regarding smoking, is don't smoke DURING preptests. I was a smoker when I was studying and I smoked inside, so I would smoke during PTs, and you want to replicate the real testing experience with every PT, and obviously smoking isn't part of that experience.

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Teflon_Don » Mon May 13, 2013 12:42 am

Dude quit smoking. It could give you heart disease

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Re: Cig or No Cig?

Postby Squintz805 » Mon May 13, 2013 2:04 am

Cheers Guys.




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