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3 Ways to Conquer LSAT Anxiety

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If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely decided to pursue law school. Congratulations! Law school can open new doors for knowledge, opportunity and making connections.

First thing’s first: now that you’ve made this decision, you need to write the LSAT as part of your law school application requirements. Making a large commitment such as the LSAT is bound to result in some nerves. But, you can’t let anxiety get in the way of your goals!

Here’s how to conquer LSAT anxiety once and for all, so you can focus on your studies.

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4 things to do before submitting your law school application

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The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to fall, and the days are getting just a little bit shorter. This can only mean one thing: fall is here and school is most likely on your brain. If you’re set on going to law school next fall – now is the time to start getting your law school applications ready!

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When It Comes to Grad School, Is the Entrance Exam Really the “Easy” Part?

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If you’re studying for the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE – you’ve probably been told that the entrance exam is the easy part. But is it true?

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Movies you Need to Watch Before Law School

Last time we set you up with some TV shows for aspiring MBA students. This one’s for all you future law students. While some of these picks won’t necessarily give you a realistic portrayal of what lies ahead (we’re looking at you, Elle Woods), there’s still much to be gained, if not just a good laugh. Continue reading Movies you Need to Watch Before Law School

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Zen and the Art of Studying

These days, you don’t have to be a hippy to be into meditation. Now that it’s been in the mainstream for some time, you’ve probably heard a few of the benefits. It can relax you and help you find that coveted sense of inner peace. But there’s much more to the practice than you may realize. If you’re in the midst of studying for your GRE, GMAT, or LSAT you’ll want to check out these reasons to meditate. Continue reading Zen and the Art of Studying

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What to know for admission to Canadian law schools

What does it take to get into some of the top Canadian law schools? Besides passing the LSAT and obtaining an undergraduate degree, there is actually much more to it than that. The most recent average LSAT and GPA scores of students admitted to top Canadian law schools help indicate that program standards vary widely. While many of the application standards are similar, there is an underlying variation from school to school. Consider these important factors when applying. Continue reading What to know for admission to Canadian law schools

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3 study-break workouts for the LSAT, GRE or GMAT student

Studying isn’t healthy. It’s good for the brain, yes, but as far as the definition of ‘healthy’ goes, sitting or lying down, craning our necks to read a book or our notes for hours on end isn’t. The common injuries consistent with desk chairs and computer monitors (sore backs, sore eyes) associated with long study sessions for the GMAT, GRE or LSAT are detrimental to effective learning. It’s also been proven that studying with brief distractions (10 minutes of every hour or so) will help increase the brain’s “attention resources”. So consider these workouts to help burn calories, increase productivity, and get you out of the library for a brief, but study-benefiting, workout.

Under-cover, indoor workouts. It’s tough to get to a gym every day and they can be expensive, but exercise isn’t. All you need to do to get away from the desk is to practice these secret exercises perfect for the library or office. Stairs: The stairs are not only a great form of exercise but even admissible in public, without gym clothes. Jog up and down the stairs as many times as needed, get some water, and back to work. Planking and other stretching/light Yoga can also be done out of sight (1). Just 10 minutes for a break from studying can help clear the mind, tone the body and boost productivity.

The “nature” brain-recharge. If a light sweat isn’t the desired goal for your 10 minute workout (maybe you have a date later), research has proven just going for a walk can have significant benefits to your studying, especially in the woods/nature. Why the woods? An old idea labelled “attention restoration theory” says that, through features of the environment, the natural world engages your attention in a ‘bottom-up’ fashion – effortless attention engaged by nature (2). The artificial world demands active attention (to avoid getting hit by cars or to follow street signs) which is controlled by cognitive processes. Since activities like studying and writing also require active attention, a study break in the artificial world isn’t as effective a type of rest. When your brain needs a rest, skip the urban jungle and find the nearest forest, park, or piece of nature and explore.

Go for a bike ride. Biking is not only great exercise, but it offers a few additional benefits. A bike ride study break gives you the opportunity to take care of an errand, pick up a snack, get a visual break from the a screen, and fresh air. Oxygen is a key component of refreshing the brain. Increasing blood flow to the brain is an easy way to help fuel those long study sessions. When your brain is operating at optimum levels (especially during regular work-outs), the hippocampus will grow new and develop brain cells, which acts as boost for learning and memory (3). Use the bike to boost your study break.

Studying for a big exam, like the LSAT, GRE or GMAT involves covering a lot of material in a short period of time. Effectively learning enough material every day is an important part of a viable study plan, and a short exercise break can be greatly beneficial while studying. If you find that your study plans aren’t going to plan and want help with the your test preparation, feel free to contact us a for help with your exam studies.