smccgrey wrote:Anxiety Poll
(because it's the friday before a long weekend and I am bored at work)
Complete the sentence: High pressure situations____
A) Stress me out and distract me
B) Make me freeze up with anxiety
C) Turn me into a highly focused machine
D) Don't have a huge effect on me
B. Absolutely B. When I feel anxious, my brain processes exactly nothing.
I think my biggest challenge on test day is going to be breaking through that anxiety wall and into hyper-focus mode. Any suggestions on how to do this? I hear crying and rubbing your earlobes can be helpful. I plan to do both.
I've never written the LSAT before in test-center conditions, nor have i written an exam that is worth nearly as much to my future as this test is, but perhaps i can offer some advice. I've noticed that one of the biggest changes i've made from my 2nd to my 3rd year of undergrad, where i achieved better than i ever thought i was capable of, was recognizing that if you've given yourself the chance to prepare then you shouldn't place any more pressure on yourself than to just do your best. I know it's overly cliche, and for some people this may be their last attempt, or even an attempt they don't want to have to mess up, but how can you ask for more than trying your best? Yes this is an important test, yes this may elicit nerviousness, anxiety, and trouble sleeping, but at the end of the day once you're done your life goes on. If you really want to be a lawyer, or in the field of law, you will be happy to get into a law school, no matter the rank. Of course it may result in an inconvenience (aka scholarships, geography, friendships), but that's just another decision that you would have to make, and a decision that is in your complete control. This test does NOT define your intellectual ability, it does NOT define your potential in life and it does NOT define your future (unless you slack off during the rest of your graduate/legal career). If you can re-write it, then you can choose to do so and i promise you that, with the work ethic i've seen around here, you will do better than your previous score. If you don't, then you should take a second to recognize that the people on this thread is no where near representative of the actual population of people who write this test. So when you get a score back on a PT and you see 160 (if you've ever seen a score that low that you can remember of), sure...that may not sound great, but that is better than approximately 80% of the people who wrote this test!!! How can you truly convince yourself that you are sub-par or not good enough, or at a point in your life that you should let this one test make or break you?
The biggest hurdle in this test isn't your intellectual capacity, but your psyche and your mentality coming into this test. You are a great person with many benefits to this world and to the people around you. You have a great life now, and you will have an even better one ahead of you. You have practiced and dedicated yourself to this test, and so you will reap the benefits of this test, no matter how much worse you do than you expect or how much worse you do relative to others.
When you come into the test center, or while you are on your way there, perhaps consider listening to whatever music you feel calms you down or just takes your mind off the test. Your brain will not forget what it has to do during the test the morning of. Use this time to calm yourself down, forget everyone around you doing questions and asking people how much they studied and what not. Focus on you, keep yourself calm, and once you sit down and you're ready to begin tell yourself "i will try my best", and be happy knowing that you didn't let yourself down by holding back, and you didn't place yourself any expectations that would be unfair to place on yourself given the position you will be in at that moment
Sorry for the long post, just felt that maybe this could help a few other people as well. Coming to these threads prematurely in my studies placed me in a tough place, as i spent my days comparing myself to those who have studied much longer and harder than i have, and expressed my inability to match any of you guys. Once you forget about everyone else, and just internalize your feelings, and recognize who you are, and what kind of expectations you can justly place on yourself given your current position in life, then you will fare much better in the anxiety department