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Studying for the LSAT – the 7 Week Itch

When people study for the December or February LSAT, they almost always do so with a sense of urgency; up against application deadlines with little time to prep, it’s definitely go time. There’s a lot of stress involved in waiting to the last minute to take the exam.

Prepping for June or October, assuming you have a choice, is always a better decision. There’s a longer gap between sittings (4 months from February to June and from June to October), so you can spend more time really understanding how the LSAT works before working on timing and full-length practice. Perhaps even more important, if you’re a full-time student you’re not dealing with school deadlines for papers and exams.

However, that doesn’t mean that the June or October test-taker has no pitfalls to avoid. Perhaps the greatest potential problem is the 7-Week Itch.

You’re probably more familiar with the 7-Year Itch, that pivotal point in a relationship at which the partners feel the need to try something (or someone) new. Still in love but tired of the monogonotony ™, partners feeling the Itch have done many foolish things that led to the downfall of an otherwise solid partnership.

The Itch can also strike the unwary LSAT student, no matter how diligent. 7 weeks away from Test Day is a dangerous point – you’ve been studying long enough so that the LSAT is starting to seem routine, but you still haven’t mastered the exam. 7 weeks away seems like the distant future, so there’s little sense of urgency. Especially for those of you studying for the June LSAT who live in colder climes, the weather is starting to turn and your friends are on playing fields by day and rooftop patios by night.

How can you make the Itch go away? Immerse yourself in the LSAT. Set a strict study schedule with firm appointments, but with reasonable breaks (one full day off per week!).

Most importantly, keep reminding yourself why you’re putting yourself through all of this; keep repeating your mantra: “I will be a lawyer; the LSAT is my stepping stone to law school and the law; law is my destiny. I will ace the LSAT and never worry about it again!”

Stuart Kovinsky

About Stuart Kovinsky

I'm Stuart Kovinsky, an out-of-the-closet LSAT geek from Toronto. I've been teaching for Kaplan for over 20 years (not counting a 5 year break to practice as a commercial litigator at a big Toronto firm) and, working both as a teacher and an admissions consultant, have coached a lot of students to their top choice schools. I'm also an ultimate frisbee enthusiast - when not in the classroom or behind the keyboard you'll often find me on the field.

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