This is my first post about my experience with the LSAT and you can probably guess my entire story just from my hiatus… YAY! I’m sure a lot of you have noticed that I dropped off the face of the earth for an extended amount of time. Now I can share my entire experience with you.
First, I became a hermit crab. With my full time job taking up most of my day, my studying took up the rest of my life. My advice on studying while you have a job is to really commit to it. What helped me was having a friend I studied with at least once or twice a week. Which brings me to my next point.
Second, be wise with your “study buddy/buddies”. A lot of us will want to study with our friends. This isn’t a horrible idea, just make sure they’re just as reliable and hardworking as you want to be in the coming months. In my experience, I studied with my friend once to twice a week. The rest of the week was left to independent studying. We kept each other accountable and if we couldn’t make it to study that week, we would make it up on the weekends. My friend was just as dedicated as I was to making sure we were really creating a mock environment during practice tests, reviewing incorrect answers and persevering through the night even when we were tired.
Third, you’ll go through mental breakdowns, but make sure you aren’t breaking down through the entire process. Notice I said “breakdowns” as in multiple. This is the biggest reason why I dropped off the face of the earth. I was beyond stressed out. I was pressuring myself way too much and not giving myself enough breaks. That is because when it was crunch time (about a month before) I went hard. I am very very very hard on myself with everything I do and I tend to go overboard a lot. I am very much a hard-worker and perfectionist, but sometimes those two things mixed together are harmful for your mental health. What I learned was to give myself more time and to accept the journey. Part of that was accepting that I will take the LSAT a second time and that’s still acceptable because the average person takes it 2 to 3 times. At the end of the day, just remember to accept the journey; all positive and negative experiences.
These are the three very important things I learned from my LSAT process and I hope you can all learn from my experience.