I need to vent this out and get some feedback.
I administered prep test 74 last Friday and I have been extremely uncomfortable with studying since then. I scored 64 raw correct. I decided to change my test date to June. Set a goal for 72 correct by Feb 20th, will decide on the 20th if I am going to register for the March test. I likely will take the march test, since June is my last opportunity that I will be taking this test. I imagined that LSAC would have an option for diagramming in the games section in their transition to digital, but from the sample test they have on their website, that option is not available.
I am having dreams of law school the past few nights. Its exciting and terrifying at the same time, and its mostly from my unconscious. Will law school 'A' give me better career opportunities over law school 'B'. If law school 'B' will do that, and assuming I finish near top of my class, is it worth re-locating closer to law school 'B' or a round-trip commute of 2 hours each day I need to be there. I am a single father and have my son to think about in these decisions, as we just transitioned into a new town, and he into a new school and is doing well.
I inherently lean towards choosing the more difficult paths, as I believe they open the most doors, and can lead to the most rewards.
I altered my study habits recently. I went from reviewing logic game sections from PTs 1-52 to newer and more recent material and instead of studying them being the first on my list for the day they are now after RC and LR. I started admissions consulting last week prior to Friday, which stirred some emotions, internally.
In a nutshell my ability to focus while studying has been horrendous recently, and I feel it will be counter-productive to try to force studying when I am like this.
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Best advice I know for that level of discomfort is to take a break, and by that I mean a real break. A day off, no thinking about it - do something else entirely. Catch a movie, take a nap, read something like for pleasure. Pet a dog. In fact, take a nap with a dog. Exercise. Bake cookies.
My son was 2 when I was looking into law schools, 3 when I started classes, so I feel you. I had the option to go T14 with my LSAT score, but that would have meant relocating, quitting my job, selling my house, completely upending my life, and that was all a non-starter, so instead I went to a barely-ranked night program because it was nearby and I could keep working and give my son some stability (other than barely seeing him awake for a few years). These decisions are not easy! A more difficult path now can make for greater rewards for you both down the road, but only you can make that decision.
From everything I have heard about the digital exam, scratch paper will be provided for the games. No on-screen diagrams, but you will still be able to work them out as you have been, so don't worry about that. July also comes with a one-time free shot at seeing your score and then cancelling, so it's a no-lose scenario if you choose to give it a shot.
Hang in there, man! You'll look back at the LSAT later and laugh about it. Don't let it freak you out, you can handle it. Heck, you're a single dad - that's way harder than this test!
Adam M. Tyson
PowerScore LSAT, GRE, ACT and SAT Instructor
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Thank you Adam, I am grateful that you took the time to respond and that you can relate
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