Telling the Whole Truth: Conditional Truth Tables

Posted by Nancy on 5/14/18 10:37 PM

One day - in the not so far off future - when you’re an amazing lawyer (having first crushed the LSAT, of course), any witnesses you call to testify will have to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Unfortunately, some truths are harder to determine then others. While we may be able to tell the truth about our own life experiences, things get a little trickier when it comes to the ‘truth’ of conditional statements. In our first blog post on conditionals, we covered what conditional statements are, as well as going through the differences between necessary and sufficient conditions. The second post discussed manipulating conditional statements, so that you could find the inverse, converse, and contrapositive of a conditional (with a little help from Missy Elliott). In this post, we’ll be going over how a table setup can help you figure out the truth of conditional statements.

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What Missy Elliott Can Teach You About Conditionals & Contrapositives

Posted by Nancy on 4/23/18 6:47 PM

Rapper Missy Elliott’s hit 2002 song ‘Work It’ - parental advisory warning required - was my go to LSAT study prep song. This was not due to my deep affinity for Elliott’s music (I’m more of a Childish Gambino type of girl), but because the lyrics of ‘Work It’ contain a hidden key to mastering contrapositive statements. In our last post, we covered the basics of conditional statements. Now that we know our Ps and Qs, we are ready to manipulate conditionals, which will include learning about inverses, converses, and the dreaded contrapositives.

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Minding Your Ps and Qs on the LSAT: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

Posted by Nancy on 4/18/18 6:05 PM

If you’ve ever been told to “mind your Ps and Qs”, you know that the expression equates to being instructed to mind your manners. That is, of course, unless you’re studying for the LSAT, where Ps and Qs have nothing to do with being polite. In fact, seeing Ps and Qs may inspire some LSAT takers to feel particularly impolite: they generally signify a conditional reasoning problem, which can be stressful and confusing for those not familiar with how conditional reasoning works. However, with a little effort we can easily demystify the basics of conditional reasoning, so that you’re able to mind all types of Ps and Qs.

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A 6-month Plan to Study for the LSAT, Inspired by Miracle 

Posted by Nathaniel on 4/2/18 6:00 PM

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.

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Five Dos and Don'ts of LSAT Test Day

Posted by Caitlin on 3/5/18 5:11 PM

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:

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How To Study For The LSAT Without Burning Out

Posted by Audrianne on 2/2/18 5:02 PM

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3 Things You Should Do If You Bombed the December LSAT

Posted by Leonarda on 12/15/17 5:01 PM

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.

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Step by Step Instructions on How to Solve LSAT Grouping Games: Part II

Posted by Ben H on 12/2/16 5:54 PM

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.

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Step by Step Instructions on How to Solve LSAT Grouping Games

Posted by Ben H on 11/30/16 5:41 PM

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.

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4 Key Tips on How to Study for the LSAT

Posted by Nick S on 11/11/16 7:44 PM

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.

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