Test Day Life-Hacks?

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Postby Kimikho » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:34 pm

crestor wrote:the one thing i am nervous about getting a hotel room is my test location is in a dump of a city. i don't need to hear a pimp handling his workers in the adjacent room in the middle of the night. or a client getting pleasured by an escort in the adjacent room while i struggle to sleep. i am a very light sleeper so this might make me stay home and drive fucking 45 minutes and wake up at 6-6:10..


http://www.hearos.com/earplugblog/blue- ... rotection/

I sleep with these every night, plus a fan. On the plus side, it blocks out BOTH Greek row (at school) and screaming children (at parent's house). On the downside, after a week of using them as a freshman, I can't fall asleep without them :(.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby crestor » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:38 pm

scoobers wrote:
crestor wrote:the one thing i am nervous about getting a hotel room is my test location is in a dump of a city. i don't need to hear a pimp handling his workers in the adjacent room in the middle of the night. or a client getting pleasured by an escort in the adjacent room while i struggle to sleep. i am a very light sleeper so this might make me stay home and drive fucking 45 minutes and wake up at 6-6:10..


http://www.hearos.com/earplugblog/blue- ... rotection/

I sleep with these every night, plus a fan. On the plus side, it blocks out BOTH Greek row (at school) and screaming children (at parent's house). On the downside, after a week of using them as a freshman, I can't fall asleep without them :(.



i am an interesting person. for the past 5 years or so, i have gone to to sleep listening espn podcasts wearing earbuds or without depending on my comfort level. i cannnot go to sleep without doing this. however, i get highly annoyed and cannot sleep if i hear background noise that is not coming from the podcast i listen to. hence ear plugs are not an option.. thanks for help tho.

aspergers ftw

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby drevo » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:24 pm

scoobers wrote:
crestor wrote:the one thing i am nervous about getting a hotel room is my test location is in a dump of a city. i don't need to hear a pimp handling his workers in the adjacent room in the middle of the night. or a client getting pleasured by an escort in the adjacent room while i struggle to sleep. i am a very light sleeper so this might make me stay home and drive fucking 45 minutes and wake up at 6-6:10..


http://www.hearos.com/earplugblog/blue- ... rotection/

I sleep with these every night, plus a fan. On the plus side, it blocks out BOTH Greek row (at school) and screaming children (at parent's house). On the downside, after a week of using them as a freshman, I can't fall asleep without them :(.


Man I could've used some of those when I lived in my fraternity house a couple years back.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Robbin Blue » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:16 pm

Since I live about 20 minutes from my test center, I'm just planning on driving from my apartment and listening to the most obnoxious pop music I can find on the way over. It gets me pumped up. :lol:

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby DKjunior » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:37 pm

Turn off your phone the night before. No alerts/texts/calls to wake you up in the middle of the night where you can't fall back asleep.

Also - use the bathroom BEFORE you are seated.
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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby tigersaresexy » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:40 pm

DKjunior wrote:Turn off your phone the night before. No alerts/texts/calls to wake you up in the middle of the night where you can't fall back asleep.


Wait this is brilliant. Sometimes I stay up for hours because my phone beeps and I just HAVE TO KNOW who liked my statuses on facespace.

Why didn't I think of this before?

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:41 pm

tigersaresexy wrote:
DKjunior wrote:Turn off your phone the night before. No alerts/texts/calls to wake you up in the middle of the night where you can't fall back asleep.


Wait this is brilliant. Sometimes I stay up for hours because my phone beeps and I just HAVE TO KNOW who liked my statuses on facespace.

Why didn't I think of this before?


Better yet, put it in airplane mode. Then you can still use the alarm.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby KD35 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:07 am

scoobers wrote:
tigersaresexy wrote:
DKjunior wrote:Turn off your phone the night before. No alerts/texts/calls to wake you up in the middle of the night where you can't fall back asleep.


Wait this is brilliant. Sometimes I stay up for hours because my phone beeps and I just HAVE TO KNOW who liked my statuses on facespace.

Why didn't I think of this before?


Better yet, put it in airplane mode. Then you can still use the alarm.


And have the hotel do a wake up call, just so you don't sleep through the alarm.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:13 am

LSAT FRIENDS I JUST REALIZED THIS get dem flu shots.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby wtrc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:45 am

scoobers wrote:LSAT FRIENDS I JUST REALIZED THIS get dem flu shots.


Sooner rather than later! I'm not an expert but doesn't it take a bit to become effective? And-- this is what I'm less sure about-- can't you get very very mild symptoms afterwards?

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Postby mhaas » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:53 am

wtrcoins3 wrote:
scoobers wrote:LSAT FRIENDS I JUST REALIZED THIS get dem flu shots.


Sooner rather than later! I'm not an expert but doesn't it take a bit to become effective? And-- this is what I'm less sure about-- can't you get very very mild symptoms afterwards?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ztiAN9k584

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby wtrc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:58 am

mhaas wrote:
wtrcoins3 wrote:
scoobers wrote:LSAT FRIENDS I JUST REALIZED THIS get dem flu shots.


Sooner rather than later! I'm not an expert but doesn't it take a bit to become effective? And-- this is what I'm less sure about-- can't you get very very mild symptoms afterwards?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ztiAN9k584


Well that makes me feel better

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby mandyjay11 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:04 am

PourMeTea wrote:
Robbin Blue wrote:Since I live about 20 minutes from my test center, I'm just planning on driving from my apartment and listening to the most obnoxious pop awesome trap music I can find on the way over. It gets me pumped up. :lol:

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby haus » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:23 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
Robbin Blue wrote:Since I live about 20 minutes from my test center, I'm just planning on driving from my apartment and listening to the most obnoxious pop awesome trap music I can find on the way over. It gets me pumped up. :lol:

Trap music?

I this music for people walking through the woods to see if they have caught any raccoons with their traps? If so, is the raccoon itself used in the recording of the music?

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby mhaas » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:28 am

haus wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
Robbin Blue wrote:Since I live about 20 minutes from my test center, I'm just planning on driving from my apartment and listening to the most obnoxious pop awesome trap music I can find on the way over. It gets me pumped up. :lol:

Trap music?

I this music for people walking through the woods to see if they have caught any raccoons with their traps? If so, is the raccoon itself used in the recording of the music?


There is a youtube video for everything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLGmEjsQpeQ

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:05 pm

wtrcoins3 wrote:
mhaas wrote:
wtrcoins3 wrote:
scoobers wrote:LSAT FRIENDS I JUST REALIZED THIS get dem flu shots.


Sooner rather than later! I'm not an expert but doesn't it take a bit to become effective? And-- this is what I'm less sure about-- can't you get very very mild symptoms afterwards?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ztiAN9k584


Well that makes me feel better


BUT can she take a multiple choice test?

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby mhaas » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:09 pm

scoobers wrote:
BUT can she take a multiple choice test?


LSAC had to make special accommodations so that she could start at question 101 and work backwards :D

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:11 pm

mhaas wrote:
scoobers wrote:
BUT can she take a multiple choice test?


LSAC had to make special accommodations so that she could start at question 101 and work backwards :D


Well then I think I'll risk it :lol:

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby drumstickies » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:29 am

has anyone tried taking ZzzQuil or some other "non-habit forming" sleep aid the night before a pt? would it affect cognitive performance?

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:00 am

drumstickies wrote:has anyone tried taking ZzzQuil or some other "non-habit forming" sleep aid the night before a pt? would it affect cognitive performance?


DON'T.

Odds are, they will leave you hung over. Like, really really hungover. People don't notice it when they take things like Nyquil because they are already sick, but it really sucks. You'll just be wasting a PT. OTC sleep aids are nice when you've had insomnia for like three days and you need to remind your body that the bed is for sleeping, but they are really not useful whatsoever in making you function the next day. Seriously, just don't do it.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Jeffort » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:17 am

scoobers wrote:
drumstickies wrote:has anyone tried taking ZzzQuil or some other "non-habit forming" sleep aid the night before a pt? would it affect cognitive performance?


DON'T.

Odds are, they will leave you hung over. Like, really really hungover. People don't notice it when they take things like Nyquil because they are already sick, but it really sucks. You'll just be wasting a PT. OTC sleep aids are nice when you've had insomnia for like three days and you need to remind your body that the bed is for sleeping, but they are really not useful whatsoever in making you function the next day. Seriously, just don't do it.


Well, not everyone reacts that way to diphenhydramine or experiences significant 'cloudy thinking' the next morning, but it does do that to some people.

Some people with insomnia benefit from using a sleep aid the night before if the alternative is taking a test super tired because of poor/not enough sleep. It's a personal case by case thing and doesn't hurt to try before test day if one is having sleep trouble that is interfering with performance. Insomnia and anxiety can be significant for some people to the extent that a sleep aid could be warranted and overall beneficial even if there are some noticeable side effects in the morning since they are typically mild if noticeable. Anybody that has had significant insomnia and/or anxiety troubles in the past would probably agree that the mild effects you might feel when waking up are far outweighed by the benefit of getting a good night of restful sleep instead of anxiously tossing and turning all night.

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Re: Test Day Life-Hacks?

Postby Kimikho » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:27 am

Jeffort wrote:
scoobers wrote:
drumstickies wrote:has anyone tried taking ZzzQuil or some other "non-habit forming" sleep aid the night before a pt? would it affect cognitive performance?


DON'T.

Odds are, they will leave you hung over. Like, really really hungover. People don't notice it when they take things like Nyquil because they are already sick, but it really sucks. You'll just be wasting a PT. OTC sleep aids are nice when you've had insomnia for like three days and you need to remind your body that the bed is for sleeping, but they are really not useful whatsoever in making you function the next day. Seriously, just don't do it.


Well, not everyone reacts that way to diphenhydramine or experiences significant 'cloudy thinking' the next morning, but it does do that to some people.

Some people with insomnia benefit from using a sleep aid the night before if the alternative is taking a test super tired because of poor/not enough sleep. It's a personal case by case thing and doesn't hurt to try before test day if one is having sleep trouble that is interfering with performance. Insomnia and anxiety can be significant for some people to the extent that a sleep aid could be warranted and overall beneficial even if there are some noticeable side effects in the morning since they are typically mild if noticeable. Anybody that has had significant insomnia and/or anxiety troubles in the past would probably agree that the mild effects you might feel when waking up are far outweighed by the benefit of getting a good night of restful sleep instead of anxiously tossing and turning all night.


If this is the case then I would say to get an Ambien or something. They may not be OTC but they are way less likely to create that hungover feeling.




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