GreenTee wrote:I remember telling myself, leading up to September, that retaking was nbd, and that I would probably have to do it. I tried to use the retake prospect to calm myself down a little bit, you know, keep the pressure low. I even labeled it "First Take" on my calendar.
In retrospect, I don't think I should have approached it that way. I definitely didn't work as hard as I needed to before September. The expectation of having the retake as a fallback gave me license to slack off a bit. So I just did enough work to keep myself scoring around my target range (171-172) on PTs. That's obviously not enough buffer. I gave myself 0 margin for error.
I think if I had a do-or-die mentality leading up to September, I might not have had to retake at all. And even if I did, I would be in a much better position right now because I would have already developed very strong study habits--as opposed to the 1-2 hours per day slackertude I had in August/Sept.
Just something to think about for the first time takers ITT.
I definitely agree with this, GT. At the same time, I do think there is some benefit to retaking, if you're the kind of person that experiences text anxiety or not used to taking timed exams (which was true in my case. lol philosophy major). Going into the December exam, I now know what to expect, which is always a potential relaxer. First section of September my hands were literally shaking because I was so out of my element. It could have also been because the TC was ridiculously warm (s/o to Sfogs). In September, I think I spent more time freaking out about what photo would work for the ticket, and which pencils I should bring. Definitely won't be a worry for December.
Rigo - you could have fooled me. You are, imo, one of the LSAT sages ITT.