How it Works
The right watch will push you forward, not hold you back.
Everyone is different and has different pacing needs. That's why you get to choose from a variety of watchface Options, or design your own.
It would be a lot easier (and way more profitable!) for me if I just had one or two watches that I made or manufactured in bulk. But that's not why I sell these watches. I sell them because I truly think the right watch design can give you precious extra seconds on the LSAT, as well as peace of mind, confidence, familiarity, habit, consciousness of time, and a little emotional boost when you see that smiley face 0!
The first reason why this watch works so well is because you pick something that works for you and with you.
Don't let a watch change how you want pace yourself or a watch that distracts you, or worse a watch that requires additional thought to calculate or estimate what you should be doing. With a variety of watch face options, you can decide whether you prefer lines, tickmarks, bold numbers, colors or a combination of these things to be a signal for you of when you should be moving to the next subsection.
Second, because there are 4 subsections to the LG & RC sections of the test, it's important to have clear markings at the point at which you need to start moving on or guessing on the remaining problems in that subsection. Generally there are 1 or 2 very hard questions in each game/passage. Knowing how much time you have left for that game/passage lets you check how much time you have left for that game to decide whether to randomly guess on the final questions, eliminate answers and guess, or whether you have time to answer them normally. That's why many of my watch designs divide 35 minutes into 4 parts through pacing landmarks like tickmarks, dividing lines or colors.
Picking a Design
- Although I offer other designs, I ALWAYS recommend using a design that ends at the 12 o'clock position or the 6 o'clock position. This is KEY to using your natural instincts to pace yourself! Why do you want your 35 minute period to end at either 12 or 6 o'clock? Well, remember that generally we have to be at places or events on the hour or on the half hour. We are more likely to hear "Meet me at 3:30!" and "Meet me at 2 o'clock" than we are to hear "Meet me at 3:35" or "How about 1:05?" So through a lifetime of reading analog watches to see how much time we have until say 4:30 or until 5 o'clock, we have developed an instinct for what the "space" left until the minute hand reaches the hour mark and the half-hour mark. In order to use that instinct to your advantage, your 35 minute timer should end at the hour or half hour on the watch face.
- On the picture of options, I have starred the 4 most universal options, which are also test-taker favorites and models that my LSAT tutor customers purchase for their students.
- To pick your own, first take a practice LSAT test to see how you do and how many questions you complete. Look at how well you did and decide how you want a section to be divided to indicate important hallmarks or points at which you should be moving to the next sub-section/game. Dividing lines and dividing tickmarks help move you through the 4 subsections of the RC and Games sections. Color shading works best to guide you through the Logical Reasoning sections.
- Consider having pacing landmarks at 8-minute intervals to help you keep track of when you should ideally be moving to the next subsection (for Games & Reading). I have designs with lines which divide the time into exactly four 8:45 sections.
- If you find that the first two games/passages are generally the easiest, consider getting a watch that that divides time into four sections: 8-minutes, 8-minutes, 9-minutes, and 9-minutes. This gives you an extra minute on the harder subsections and forces you to move more quickly in th easier subsections.
- I can even attach the watch face upside down so that the crown (the button to adjust the time) is on the left side, so that it's easier for left-handed folks to start their timer quickly.
- Decide whether you want to have a motivational smiley as your "time's up" icon, or a zero.
The watch only has a minute hand and a tiny second hand to minimize clutter/distraction. The second hand is short because it is not for timing or part of the timer process! You don't need it. It only tells you that the watch is running---don’t worry what the second-hand is doing or where it is when you start a section, you should not waste mental energy trying to match the proctor’s timing exactly.
To know approximate elapsed time/time remaining, only pay attention to the minute hand and where it is pointing. For example, if the minute hand is pointing 1/4 of the way between 17 & 16, that means you have about 16 minutes and 45 seconds left.
This sounds difficult, but remember a great thing about analog clocks is that we have spent our lives reading them and so a certain amount of “space” means something to us in a very instinctual way. Use that instinct to your advantage when you are checking your progress.
Try to ignore the number it’s pointing to until you need to calculate how much time you can spend on each remaining question, then you can focus on the number to which the hand is pointing to do the math quickly. But otherwise, try to use your instinct by just seeing how much “space” remains until 0.
Suggested Use During the Test
The watch will stand like a tripod if you feed the strap through the buckle. I do NOT suggest wearing the watch on your wrist because it requires you to move out of working position to twist your wrist and look at your watch. I suggest making your watch into a little tripod and placing it just beyond the end of your booklet. This allows you to glance up -- literally in miliseconds -- to check your time. Additionally, when the watch is not on your wrist you will be able to reset it using both hands, which is much faster.
If you need a left-handed watch (little knob on the left instead of the right) I can make that for you. That way your dominant hand is doing the setting of the knob.