Most LSAT preparation advice is geared toward students who have time to study between classes or semesters. Increasingly, though, older students are leaving jobs and going back to law school. For those who work while doing LSAT prep, here are some useful full-time worker LSAT tips to help get you on-track.
Full-Time Worker LSAT Tips
1. Develop a study schedule as early as possible.
If you are not able to devote yourself to LSAT study full time, you need to develop a schedule to make sure you stay on track. A schedule not only lets you set up a consistent pattern, which will help you develop good study habits, but it also makes sure you stay on track so you are ready to take the LSAT by the time your administration comes along. Take the time to develop your schedule once you start studying. Remember to plan for things that will disrupt your normal routine, like birthdays, holidays, or vacations. Be as detailed as possible when you develop your study schedule, and make sure to be realistic as well. You probably won’t study much on Thanksgiving or Christmas, for example.
2. Treat your study time as sacred.
If you work full-time, setting up studying boundaries is crucial. Set firm expectations with family and friends, and let them know how important doing well on the LSAT is to you. You might not be as available to do things for a few months. Setting boundaries and expectations early will save you a lot of headaches and arguments down the road.
Similarly, do not let inner doubts or frustrations get in the way of review. Don’t let a bad day at work affect your study routine. Yes, it is hard to motivate yourself after an exhausting work day. But lost time, especially if you are working, is almost impossible to make up. So, channel your frustration into test prep!
3. Set reasonable goals.
If you are balancing a full-time job and LSAT preparation, chances are you will need more time to study because you will be studying less each day. Be realistic: if you are starting from scratch, you will need more than two months’ worth of prep time. Do not add extra stress to your life by trying to add four hours or LSAT prep on top of an 8+ hour work day. If you need six, seven, or eight months to be fully prepared, then so be it!
That way, you can study for a couple hours after work and more on weekends.
4. If possible, take time off.
Everyone hates to waste vacation or sick days, but hear me out. As you get towards the end of your prep, you need to take multiple, timed LSATs to be ready for test day. This will be almost impossible to do after working all day. So plan ahead, and take a few days off work if you can. Not only will this allow you to be fully prepared for the LSAT, but it will also save you late or sleepless nights!
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