More Tips to Improve Your LSAT Study Habits

We know you are busy with school, work, and other commitments. This can make developing strong study habits difficult. These tips will help you study for the LSAT more efficiently and effectively – and can also help you with your other school work!

Study in several short bursts.

A common mistake is trying to cram all of your studying into the night before an exam, or do all your LSAT studying over the weekend for hours and hours at a time. Make the studying process easier on yourself. Research shows that studying in shorter bursts of time will help you retain information and reduce your stress.

For example, set a timer for 30 minutes, putting all your devices on “Do Not Disturb.” Start studying! When the timer goes off, stop your work and take a 10 to 15-minute break. After that, study for another 30 minutes, and continue the process as it fits into your day.

Put the distractions away.

This one might seem obvious, and you have probably been told this over and over.  You may think you are good at multi-tasking, but you are not.  Nobody is!  It is super important that you remove all distractions when you are studying, especially for the LSAT.

Having your phone sitting next to you is too tempting. Turn it off until you are done with your study session.

Set specific times in your schedule for studying.

You will find if you don’t schedule a specific time for studying, you may just keep putting it off. Having a packed schedule with no time for studying can lead to you not studying at all. 

Finding even 15 minutes throughout your day to study could be essential in developing successful study habits in the long run.

Planning out your study time at the beginning of the week can help you make time for your studying and actually follow through with it.

Schedule time to study in your calendar in your phone and/or laptop (or if you are old school, your paper planner). Set alarms to remind you it is time to study. And by the way, Applawz helps you do this!

Find the study setting that works best for you.

Do you do your best work in a coffee shop or at your desk at home? In the living room? A bedroom?

Do you study better by yourself or with a group of people? Finding a “study buddy” is one of the most effective ways to make sure you actually study; you are more likely to follow through if someone else is “relying” on you to show up. But don’t turn it into social hour:  find someone who will actually study and be quiet when you need it.

If something is not working for you, switch it up. Figuring out these details can really help. If you know you don’t work well in your bedroom, try a different room or even going to a local coffee shop or the library instead.

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