Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby guano » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:28 pm

akg144 wrote:Gotta love online forums - intelligent conversations invariably devolve into topics completely unrelated to the subject matter of the original poster - case in point - diapers and catheters, which pertained to a comment about excessive liquid intake which pertained to detoxing from speed. Interesting development, gotta love 21st century convos.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby ManoftheHour » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:18 am

akg144 wrote:Gotta love online forums - intelligent conversations invariably devolve into topics completely unrelated to the subject matter of the original poster - case in point - diapers and catheters, which pertained to a comment about excessive liquid intake which pertained to detoxing from speed. Interesting development, gotta love 21st century convos.


Catheters are like the number on my jersey, brah. Diapers are TTT.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby lsatyolo » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:58 am

I've been waiting for this thread. I fugg with one cup in the morning and it ain't doing the trick.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby 0913djp » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:06 am

When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby objection_your_honor » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:09 pm

I drink a large portion of coffee about 2 hours before, effectively taking the test without any in my system.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby ManoftheHour » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:13 pm

0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


I am going to be waking up at 7. It should be easy because I wake up at 7 everyday for work anyway. The key thing is to get used to waking up at a certain time that way your brain is fully functional come test time.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby Nightingale » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:23 pm

0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


I'm aiming for 6:00. It usually takes a while for my mind to feel awake, and I want to be able to go for a light jog, shower, eat, and get to the testing center with enough time to do a few practice problems.

I will also probably drink some caffeinated tea right when I wake up, and then take either a five hour energy or a caffeine pill about 30 minutes before the test.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby Kimikho » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:11 pm

0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


This is somewhat embarrassing but I have a schedule laid out already...

6:00 Wake up
6:00-6:10 Wash face, poop
6:10-6:30 Jump rope
6:30-6:40 Shower
6:40-6:50 Change, check supplies
6:50-7:00 Breakfast
7:00-7:30 Warm up
7:30-7:35 Poop again
7:35 Leave for test center

I'm having Greek yogurt and granola for breakfast, with maybe orange juice. Moving back my sleep cycle to six am has been a bitchhhhhh.

I wish I could run before the test, but leaving my house to run when my schedule is actually so tight makes me uncomfortable. Hence the jumping rope.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby mhaas » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:01 pm

scoobers wrote:
0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


This is somewhat embarrassing but I have a schedule laid out already...

6:00 Wake up
6:00-6:10 Wash face, poop
6:10-6:30 Jump rope
6:30-6:40 Shower
6:40-6:50 Change, check supplies
6:50-7:00 Breakfast
7:00-7:30 Warm up
7:30-7:35 Poop again
7:35 Leave for test center

I'm having Greek yogurt and granola for breakfast, with maybe orange juice. Moving back my sleep cycle to six am has been a bitchhhhhh.

I wish I could run before the test, but leaving my house to run when my schedule is actually so tight makes me uncomfortable. Hence the jumping rope.


Whats the deal? You planning on Taco Bell the night before?

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby Kimikho » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:09 pm

mhaas wrote:
scoobers wrote:
0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


This is somewhat embarrassing but I have a schedule laid out already...

6:00 Wake up
6:00-6:10 Wash face, poop
6:10-6:30 Jump rope
6:30-6:40 Shower
6:40-6:50 Change, check supplies
6:50-7:00 Breakfast
7:00-7:30 Warm up
7:30-7:35 Poop again
7:35 Leave for test center

I'm having Greek yogurt and granola for breakfast, with maybe orange juice. Moving back my sleep cycle to six am has been a bitchhhhhh.

I wish I could run before the test, but leaving my house to run when my schedule is actually so tight makes me uncomfortable. Hence the jumping rope.


Whats the deal? You planning on Taco Bell the night before?


Nah, just want to make sure I've got it scheduled in there. Plus, the first is like my morning dump and the next is my post-breakfast-post-workout one. This is an all time new low folks.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby cahwc12 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:51 pm

This is totally anecdotal, but I chugged a Coke one day during my break of a 5-section PT. I was antsy and decided to check my progress on the first half (and experimental), and went -9. I was pretty mad, so I chugged that coke and paced around my kitchen, then subsequently obliterated the last two sections in 27 and 29 minutes respectively and went -0 in a fit of LSAT-crushing rage.

I wouldn't recommend counting on a surge of caffeine to help you though.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby KingofSplitters55 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:40 am

cahwc12 wrote:This is totally anecdotal, but I chugged a Coke one day during my break of a 5-section PT. I was antsy and decided to check my progress on the first half (and experimental), and went -9. I was pretty mad, so I chugged that coke and paced around my kitchen, then subsequently obliterated the last two sections in 27 and 29 minutes respectively and went -0 in a fit of LSAT-crushing rage.

I wouldn't recommend counting on a surge of caffeine to help you though.


Each of the following explanations, if true, would help resolve the apparent discrepancy between the premises and conclusion above EXCEPT? :wink:

A) In the majority other practice LSATs, caffeine ingested resulted in significantly lower rates of accuracy after ingestion.
B) The last two sections of the PT described were unusually easy.
C) The Coke in fact did not have caffeine, but rather a more advanced brain-enhancing stimulant.
D) The "LSAT-crushing rage", that came about due to the caffeine, inevitably resulted in the test-taker later physically damaging the answer sheet, which would have made the test non-gradable under true testing circumstances.
E) YOLO

Sorry, just had to. lol.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby lsatyolo » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:26 pm

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Picked some of this stuff up last night at whole foods. Definitely felt less of a drag in the last 2 sections of my PT this morning.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby clay7676 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:58 pm

lsatyolo wrote:http://www.chameleoncoldbrew.com/
Picked some of this stuff up last night at whole foods. Definitely felt less of a drag in the last 2 sections of my PT this morning.


They have these cough drop like candy's at my bookstore that are AMAZING. They contain 50 mg per drop, and 10 of them are like 3 bucks. You can pop them in whenever and you feel it instantly. Add a nice cup of coffee before then, and be ready to pop one in the mouth any time, no one will say anything.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby lsatyolo » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:03 pm

clay7676 wrote:
lsatyolo wrote:http://www.chameleoncoldbrew.com/
Picked some of this stuff up last night at whole foods. Definitely felt less of a drag in the last 2 sections of my PT this morning.


They have these cough drop like candy's at my bookstore that are AMAZING. They contain 50 mg per drop, and 10 of them are like 3 bucks. You can pop them in whenever and you feel it instantly. Add a nice cup of coffee before then, and be ready to pop one in the mouth any time, no one will say anything.


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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby mhaas » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:58 pm

Found this great deal at Costco this weekend:

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They taste/work exactly like 5 hour energy extra strength and they are going for less than a dollar a piece.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby SteelPenguin » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:50 am

So what's the benefit of these cold-brew coffees other than convenience? They're stronger when undiluted?

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby lsatyolo » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:25 pm

SteelPenguin wrote:So what's the benefit of these cold-brew coffees other than convenience? They're stronger when undiluted?



3x the caffeine, according to the bottle which I bought. The website also claims that if you reheat the coffee it won't become bitter. The bottle was around $11, I usually spend somewhere around $9-$11 to buy some good stuff from the grocery store. The stuff from the grocery store, although very tasty, tends to go bad in a lil over a week. It actually starts to taste bitter because of how it reacts to oxygen.

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby steel_shot » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:02 pm

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby Kimikho » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:57 pm

steel_shot wrote:
scoobers wrote:
0913djp wrote:When are people waking up? I want to wake up no earlier than 6:30am but no later than 6:45am. A shower and a breakfast of oatmeal and a banana with a cup of coffee should suffice until the break, which I expect around 10:45am-11:00am at the latest.


This is somewhat embarrassing but I have a schedule laid out already...

6:00 Wake up
6:00-6:10 Wash face, poop
6:10-6:30 Jump rope
6:30-6:40 Shower
6:40-6:50 Change, check supplies
6:50-7:00 Breakfast
7:00-7:30 Warm up
7:30-7:35 Poop again
7:35 Leave for test center

I'm having Greek yogurt and granola for breakfast, with maybe orange juice. Moving back my sleep cycle to six am has been a bitchhhhhh.

I wish I could run before the test, but leaving my house to run when my schedule is actually so tight makes me uncomfortable. Hence the jumping rope.



Hahaha that was basically my test day routine, right down to the double poop scheduled in.


A double poop schedule is 180.

The number of returns "scoobers" and "poop" get in the search bar...

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Re: Optimal Caffeine Intake for Test Day

Postby crisgcia » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:33 am

One green tea with ample time to go to the bathroom before test time. The trick is to try out your caffeine intake during morning PTs in order to get a feel for them.




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