LSAT Curfew at 10 PM Tonight

    LSAT Prep

    In case you haven't heard, there is an LSAT curfew at 10 PM tonight. That's the exact time my October LSAT class ends (I know, right?), so to celebrate I baked my students chocolate chip cookies. I used bittersweet chocolate, which suits the occasion. Soon enough (and I suspect not a moment too soon), the October LSAT will come to an end, and with it - the only summer in their lives when they had to read about counterfactual conditionals on the beach. But, as we all know, LSAT Never Leaves You (And That's a Good Thing)

    Tonight is the last time my students will open an LSAT book before Saturday. At least I hope it is. There is absolutely no reason to study right before the test, unless you do it specifically to calm yourself down (in which case, some review of prior practice tests and homework should be more than sufficient). For everyone else, the next 48 hours should be spent doing something else entirely: take a day off from work and go rock climbing, do a cycling class, read a good book, check out the new Whitney, or perhaps take your boyfriend/girlfriend out to a nice dinner. They surely deserve it after putting up with you all summer. 

    A few more pointers worth noting:

    • Make sure you've received your LSAT admission ticket from LSAC. Double-check the information on the ticket for accuracy. Remember, the first and last name on your valid photo ID must match exactly the first and last name on your ticket.
    • Make sure you have the correct form of ID and a color picture ready to show at the testing center.
    • Since backpacks are not allowed in the testing center, put together a plastic Zip-Lock bag with everything you plan to bring (see the list of approved items).
    • If you aren't familiar with your test center, make sure you know how to get there and where you should park.

    Above all, get some sleep! As the NYTimes reports, "Some of the most insidious effects of too little sleep involve mental processes like learning, memory, judgment and problem-solving. During sleep, new learning and memory pathways become encoded in the brain, and adequate sleep is necessary for those pathways to work optimally. People who are well rested are better able to learn a task and more likely to remember what they learned." In one set of studies, soon to be published in The Journal of Neuroscience, scientists found that sleep disruption stresses the brain’s metabolism. The result is the degeneration of key neurons involved in alertness and proper cortical function, as well as a buildup of proteins associated with aging and neural degeneration. That doesn't bode well for someone taking the LSAT.

    So, if you need to wake up at 6 AM on Saturday, go to bed by 10:30 PM tomorrow. Maybe this is when you always go to bed, in which case you can disregard the rest of this post (and immediately check yourself into a nursing home). But if not, do whatever it takes to tire yourself out, so you can fall asleep at a reasonable time. If all else fails, try doing a Reading Comprehension passage: we hear it can work just like Ambien, without the weird dreams... unless, of course, you stumble upon the waterbugs passage, which you hopefully do not.

    Come Saturday, follow your normal routine when you wake up: brew a strong cup of coffee (or tea), eat a healthy breakfast, and do some light warm-up if you need to. Above all, remember: All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again

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