This is a Test. Don't Psych Yourself Out!
Shawn P. O’Connor is the Founder and President of Stratus Prep. With more than seven years of standardized test prep and admissions experience, Mr. O’Connor provides personalized admissions counseling to hundreds of law and business school applicants each year. Mr. O’Connor also teaches LSAT and GMAT classes and tutors private individuals for these exams. Finally, Mr. O’Connor authored Stratus Prep’s renowned Law School Bootcamp.
Prior to launching Stratus Prep, Mr. O’Connor worked domestically and internationally for McKinsey & Company, Lehman Brothers, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Boston law firm of Sullivan & Worcester. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. O’Connor served as a legislative advisor to former Congressman James C. Greenwood and as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Pennsylvania’s former Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. Mr. O’Connor is admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts. In addition to his work with Stratus Prep, Mr. O’Connor represents clients on a pro bono basis in international human rights and political asylum matters. Mr. O’Connor is currently working on a much anticipated book about attaining success in the New Economy.
You have to believe that you are going to do well on an exam. I've seen students from all different backgrounds, people who started at all different levels, who have ended up in the top one percent on both the LSAT and the GMAT, so you can do it.
But you have to put in the time and you have to recognize that for different people it takes a different amount of time. That doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get to the same result. It just may mean that you have to take a slightly different path to get there.
So the number one most important step is to have faith in yourself and to know that you can do it. These tests are very, very, very learnable. The second is this: folks who think "If I just do to practice tests on my own that is all I need to do. I'm a smart student. I’ve always done well." It’s not that you can’t do it on your own, but it’s going to take so much longer to do it on your own. That’s why we counsel people to consider getting expert advice because you’re going to do this once or twice in your life. We do this a thousand times a year. Clearly we’re going to be able to help you do it a lot more efficiently.
So don’t think of this as asking for help. I don’t love working out, but I recognize that I need to work out, so I go to someone to help me workout. It doesn’t mean I couldn’t do it on my own, but it means I'm going to have a more efficient, more effective process if I work with someone to help me. It’s the same thing with the tests.