The September LSAT is less than 6 months away, and I just watched Miracle for the first time. That happy confluence of events produced this: a roughly 6-month study plan for the LSAT that mirrors the approach Team USA took in preparing to face the reigning 4-time Olympic hockey champions. I want you to study smarter—adopting only the best strategies that will get you the most gain—and harder: putting in the work of many practice problems to get faster, leaner, & yes, meaner on the test (see the section on attitude below). Now, you might be thinking what the skeptical USA Hockey official said when he heard Coach Brooks’s plan in Miracle, “Walter, we don’t have years, we have months.” The good news is that’s enough time to put the following plan into action. Also, don’t call me Walter.Read More
So LSAT test day is finally here. You’ve studied hard, you’ve taken practice tests, and now you are at the mercy of the test itself. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts (several of which I made myself!) to consider for test day:Read More
|I, like many aspiring law students, knew I was on a law school trajectory quite a while before I applied. I knew that a good LSAT score would make a huge difference in my life. I wanted to set myself up for success, but I definitely didn’t want to start studying LSAT textbooks. Instead, I loosely “studied” for the LSAT for about a year by doing parallel activities that improved my LSAT skills. I ultimately settled down with a 10-week study program before my official LSAT. While this may not be the right choice for everyone, it really worked for me. Being able to weave studying into my own timeline while I worked full-time allowed me a nice work-study-life balance that not all of my friends achieved.|
You spent months preparing. You did every logic game available. You were hitting your target score in your LSAT practice tests. You were ready for the December LSAT -- or so you thought. Then test day came and everything you practiced went out the window. At least that’s what it felt like when the proctor handed out the flimsy booklet and you realized your 12 perfectly sharpened pencils weren’t going to answer the questions themselves.Read More
This post picks up where #1 left off– in that post, I covered setting up diagrams and rules for grouping games in the LSAT Analytical Reasoning section.Read More
LSAT grouping games, where we’re given a set of variables and asked to sort them into different groups, can be some of the toughest questions on the LSAT’s Analytical Reasoning section. The Recycling Centers game from the June 2007 test (Section 1, Qs 18-23) is no exception.Read More
Everyone seems to have a story about how long they studied for the LSAT. The test has a reputation for being tough, and for the most part that reputation holds true; it is definitely one of the hardest standardized tests ever created. But preparing for the LSAT doesn’t have to be as daunting as it’s made out to be. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your study time, while also helping you avoid compromising your practice by having a less-than-perfect test day.Read More
In this blog post, I’m going to be giving a brief introduction to the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT. While this lesson is geared toward the LSAT, the logic skills are useful in math, classical rhetoric and philosophy, and debate.
Today we’ll start with a little myth busting and a brief overview of the test. Then we’ll do a sample question: we’ll analyze the stimulus (the sentences before the actual question), the question itself (also known as the question stem), and the answer choices. We’ll conclude with some key takeaways.
As an LSAT tutor and law school application consultant, I’m routinely asked about preparation: Where can I find additional resources, practice problems, and mock exams…what is the best way to direct improvements in my test score….how many weeks (or months) of studying do I need to master the material…etc.
Although the questions assume various forms, they generally address a few common concerns:Read More