Colonel_funkadunk wrote:Some serious on topic ish:
Anybody have any tips on how to chill the f out n relax during tests. Like idk sometimes I get anxious and can't focus. I'm just looking back at the ones I missed during the pt today and I'm like ok you're a tard. But seriously, in the experimental LR I found out around question 10 it was experiemental bc of one of those old one stim 2 q deals. I missed the three leAdinh up to that then didn't miss one after I realized it was not graded for exam score. When I drill LR sections 80% of the time It's -1 sometimes -2, I've had a -0. But then in Pt it's anywhere from -1 to -5 and RC who knews depends on day. Idk If it's the stress of it bein so close or what..
TL;DR: I understand everything bout the lsat, I just make dumb mistakes under the conditions of PT- not timed just knowing its a pt.
It is probably stress. Anxiety is very, very distracting. I am anxiety queen, as we all well know, I have earned the crown. (Ha. Get the joke? It's punny.)
Do you have a very solid routine for before PTs? If you can take parts of that and kind of exaggerate them, it helps. Like, if you tend to eat the same thing, now do it deliberately. "I am eating hard-boiled eggs right now, because this is how I prepare for the test." Our brains love routine. They love it. And we find methodical behaviors naturally relaxing, because we feel we know what to expect. It translates on a PT.
Also, exercise. I know you love to workout anyway, so do some push-ups or something a few minutes before you begin. It'll serve to alleviate physical tension, any jitters, whatever.
What else? I try to mentally prepare myself the night before, too. I have some tea, light some lavender incense. It just makes me feel like I'm prepared, you know? All of these little things help me to feel that I have done everything you should do in order to approach the test with as much confidence as possible.
And this one is crucial: If you find yourself distracted or nervous, if you are reading the same stimulus again and again, you cannot figure out a paragraph to an passage, you feel like you must be missing an inferences on a game, stop for a few seconds, take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and tell yourself to calm the fuck down, because you have studied, and you know this, and you can do it. Just stop and breath. I know we're all paranoid about timing, but it's going to save you many more minutes in the end because you with have kind of "reset," can now approach the task with better focus.
Oh, if you associate certain scents with calming things, take advantage. Wear whatever cologne you have that you think smells really good and dab it near your neckline so you can smell it while you work.