Laura Santoski

Laura is a former Blueprint LSAT Prep student who we could never quite get rid of. After scoring a 178 on the October 2011 LSAT, she taught and tutored Blueprint's students in Boston for three years (while developing a healthy appreciation for Dunks and lobster rolls). She now writes financial reports by day and LSAT blog posts by night.

Laura's favorite section of the LSAT is Logical Reasoning because each question is like a mini-puzzle (if you're taking a very charitable view). When writing for the blog, though, she particularly enjoys demystifying the Reading Comprehension section -- contrary to popular belief, it is learnable and there is a strategic way to approach it! Laura's favorite part of teaching and tutoring has been meeting a broad range of really cool people. (Plus she got some funny-embarrassing stories out of teaching all those classes, so that's a perk too.)

When she's not reading MSS, Laura browses a strange assortment of blogs, including Ask a Manager and Captain Awkward (whose matter-of-fact and direct style she hopes to attain). She also has the New York Times as her browser's homepage, and sometimes even reads the articles she sees on it.

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Minimizing Nerves and Building Confidence for Test Day

One of the challenges of taking the LSAT is that, of course, test day feels like a high-stakes situation — you’ve been preparing for months, and you feel like you only have one shot to get it right. You probably can’t totally avoid test day nerves unless you’re some kind of LSAT-taking robot, but there are some ways to minimize them; furthermore, there are ways to encourage confidence, which is the LSAT secret sauce. Here’s the skinny on each.

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How to warm up before an LSAT

You’ve probably thought a lot about what to do during an LSAT, but have you thought about what to do before the test? It’s easy to let those little details fall by the wayside in favor of more pressing matters, but your test morning routine can absolutely help set you up for success. Here, we’ll take you through a quick outline of what your morning should probably look like.

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RSVP for the Two Webinars on Wednesday, August 30!

After all the excitement of this last week, you may be wondering whether next week could possibly top this one. Wonder no more, because we are putting on two webinars next Wednesday to walk you through the finer points of the LSAT and law school admissions. And if that weren’t exciting enough, you’ll get a discount on our ace LSAT prep materials just for hanging out with us–we’re offering $300 off our live course and $75 off the first month of an online course subscription.

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Practice Exam 2: A “Choose your own adventure” story

You’ve been hard at work studying for the LSAT over the last couple months, and the moment of truth has arrived–it’s time to take your second practice test. You set aside some time on the weekend for a grueling five sections, consoled only by the thought of the shining “180” that is sure to light up the screen when you score the test. The moment of truth has arrived, and you check your answers, only to see–what’s this?? Can this be true? Your second practice test score is not, in fact, dozens of points higher, but within a point or two of your first test (or maybe even slightly lower)!!!

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Don’t Forget … Today’s the Regular Registration Deadline for the September LSAT

It’s August, illustrating once again that time continues its inexorable march. Soon the leaves will wither and die on the branch, carpeting the earth until they are hidden by a soft layer of snow. Every day, we grow older, inching incrementally closer to the grave.

Oh yeah, it also means that today is the regular registration deadline for the September LSAT.

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Stuck on Reading Comp? Focus on the author’s attitude

Reading Comprehension is the bane of many an LSAT student’s existence, but contrary to what you might believe, it is possible to improve your score on that most vilified of sections. In general, in order to improve your score you should focus on tackling the passages more strategically – you’re unlikely to suddenly start reading much faster, so instead you need to be more efficient when it comes to both the passage and the questions.

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Tips for those unlucky souls on the waitlist for an LSAT testing center

Let’s suppose you signed up for the LSAT, but there weren’t any open testing centers, so you were placed on the waitlist. Or let’s suppose that you’re one of those unlucky souls who was removed from the waitlist but placed in a suboptimal testing location on the outer reaches of the 100-mile radius.

Bad news? Yes, but your test center isn’t set in stone – you still have until August 22nd to change it (for the low low price of $100, because LSAC misses no opportunity to part you from your money). If you’d like to change your testing center, here are some tips.