If you are a law school aspirant then LSAT is probably the biggest hurdle you are going to encounter on your way. Hence it’s completely understandable that you are nervous and overwhelmed with emotions as the test date nears.
If it’s any consolation then candidates who have gone on to get top scores on LSAT have also admitted to being emotional wrecks before the test. After all, you can never be completely sure of your test prep, especially when the stakes are high.
Ways in which stress can affect your LSAT performance
Stress before the test can be emotional or physical strain that is caused by anxiety and exertion. If you let the emotions get the better of you at the crucial juncture then you can’t focus on preparations, which will be affected drastically.
Anxiety can also lead to physical symptoms that have prevented many candidates from taking the test on the given day. Stress related woes can mess up your responses, especially in a timed test like LSAT even though you might know the right answers to the questions.
How to cope with emotions during prep and LSAT exam?
Let’s be clear; there is no foolproof solution to avoiding stress. We also understand that things are easier said than done, and as LSAT date approaches stress levels can increase. But here are a few tips that can help you keep them down as much as possible.
- To begin with, stop striving for perfection because you don’t need a score of 180 to get through law schools. Aiming for perfect score is putting yourself under undue stress.
- You don’t have to prepare for LSAT 24 x 7. You can take a break whenever you feel that you have had too much. It might actually help you rejuvenate and start fresh.
- Make time for exercise as it releases endorphins that reduce anxiety. Breathing exercises help you relax your nervous system and are handy during your prep and the actual test.
- It’s good to have a plan and a deadline to take the LSAT. But if something is not working and there isn’t enough time, there’s nothing wrong in being flexible with schedules.
Emotions can be a crucial factor in hampering your LSAT performance; do your best to not let them get the better of you.