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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Speeding Up on Those Pesky Reading Comp Passages

As the June LSAT approaches, you may be turning your attention to that pesky Reading Comprehension section, the bane of many students who feel that it’s just impossible to get through all four of those passages in a measly 35 minutes. If you relate to that description, you might also be wondering what in the world you can do to improve your score, because you’re already reading the passages as fast as you can.

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Your Official One-Month LSAT Study Plan

As May rolls on and spring makes its entrance (very slowly, in the case of the Northeast), we are now officially one month from the June LSAT. If that sounds scary to you, it shouldn’t—a month is actually still quite a lot of time to prepare for the LSAT, and you can improve your score pretty significantly during that time. Here’s what to do to ensure you’re making the most of it.

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Your Instincts Can Betray You on the LSAT

Gather ‘round, children, and let me tell you a parable:

Once upon a time, there was a very smart LSAT student. This student took her diagnostic test, got a solid score, and dutifully began to work through the lessons of her Blueprint LSAT course.

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Studying for the LSAT with Your Full, Busy Life

As an LSAT instructor, I frequently field questions from LSAT hopefuls who are wondering how to balance studying for the LSAT with their busy schedules.

After all, studying for the LSAT is essentially a part-time job on top of all your normal activities—if you’re in the live Blueprint class, for instance, you’re probably spending 8-12 hours per week in class, and that’s not even counting the time you spend doing homework.

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OMG! There Are No Open Testing Centers Near Me TELL ME WHAT TO DO

If you live in a major metropolitan area and signed up for the June LSAT recently, you may have had a nasty shock: Many test centers for the June LSAT are already full. Perhaps you had a sudden, strong urge to reach for your phone and call me, your good ol’ LSAT pal. Here’s what that conversation would look like:

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The Fog of War Powers: Did Trump Have the Power to Authorize the Airstrike on Syria?

At the beginning of the week, it seemed like the biggest news would be the ongoing battle over whether the Senate would approve Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court … aaaaand then came Thursday’s news that President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike against a Syrian air base.

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Your Last Days of Freedom

Our last batch of spring classes is starting this weekend, and if you’re one of the lucky students in those classes, you might be wondering what you can do now to jump-start your LSAT education.

The best thing you can do before your class starts is to get comfy with your MyBlueprint account. You might as well delete your bookmarks for Facebook and Chrissy Teigen’s Twitter page now, because as soon as your class starts, that’s where you’ll be spending most of your Internet time.

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Reading Comp IRL

We often recommend that students who want to get an advance start on their LSAT classes read dense publications such as The Economist as a way of preparing for the Reading Comprehension section. Today, we’re putting our money where our proverbial mouth is, and taking it one step further: We’re guiding you through an Economist article as though it were a Reading Comprehension passage.

When selecting an article, I decided to find an article in the “Science and Technology” category, since I know science-related passages can be scary for students. The lucky winner? “Strange Signals from the Sky May Be Signs of Aliens.”

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The Way We Treat Powerful Women Is Telling

The New York Times published an article earlier this week about sexist criticism of powerful women – in particular, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kellyanne Conway. This article followed on the heels of a disciplinary complaint filed against Kellyanne by 15 legal ethics professors, who allege that she violated the DC bar’s rule against “dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”