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5 Things that are Ruining your LSAT Practice

Studying for the LSAT can be quite the monotonous exercise. But hey, it’s not meant to be an exciting exam. Why else would the examiners put the reading comprehension section in there? It’s hard enough trying to focus on studying for the exam. But, then prospective test-takers go and sabotage their ability to maximize their test scores.

If you’re worried that you might be committing one of the cardinal sins of LSAT practice, you probably are.

1. You’re studying with your smartphone on.

This is probably the absolute worst thing you can do. Some people might call it multi-tasking. That’s just a lie. For everything you try and do at once, your ability to do anything goes down.

Look at it this way. If you devote all of your attention to one thing, then you are able to give 100% of your attention to that thing. If you devote your time to two things, you give 50% to one, and 50% to the other. Your effectiveness at completing either one of those projects decreases significantly. With each thing you add to the pile, you dramatically decrease your ability to do any one thing well.

If your cell phone is on, then every time you get an email, a text message, a facebook update, tweet, like on Instagram — you name it — ends up being a huge distraction, making your study session much less effective. If this is you, turn off your phone when you study.

2. You’re studying in a room full of other people.

There aren’t many more difficult things than studying in a room with other people, especially when those people are loud and obnoxious. You know, like your roommates.

If you find that you can’t find a quiet place to study, make it a priority. As we saw above, you don’t need anything else distracting you.

3. You’re not timing yourself.

The LSAT is a timed exam. Sure, it’s important to get practice by getting though all the questions. However, it is much more important to get efficient at taking the test under timed conditions. You’ll prepare your mind for the stress of finishing within the time constraints, which will help you to figure out a good pace.

Don’t do yourself a huge disservice by failing to time yourself.

4. You’re not blocking off a specific amount of time to study each day.

Another big part about having success on the LSAT is consistent study. Putting in small effort consistently over a significant amount of time creates serious results. It’s not all that different from investing. If you put away $200 per month for 20 years, you’ll have invested $48,000. But with a moderate 8% return, you’ll have nearly $120,000. However, if you decide to invest $400 per month for 10 years, with the same 8% return, you’ll only have $75,000, even though you’ve invested the same amount.

Studying is no different. If you don’t study every day, your return on studying is going to diminish a ton. Don’t fall into that trap.

5. You’re not studying the stuff you need the most improvement on.

The last cardinal sin in LSAT studying is that you avoid the hard stuff. It doesn’t matter which section it is. You probably already know which section on the LSAT you like to avoid.

If there’s a portion you absolutely hate doing, you need to work on that section the most. Don’t fall into the trap of only studying the easy stuff. You’ll regret it.

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