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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Thinking About Retaking the LSAT?

September LSAT scores are due back at the end of the end of the month, and if you were among the many who capped off your summer by taking that test], you may now be facing the quintessential existential conundrum of whether to retake the test in November. If so, here are some things to ponder while you twiddle your thumbs awaiting your score:

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What I Wish I Knew About Logic Games Before Taking the LSAT

There are some people who feel completely comfortable with LSAT logic games — they take to games like a fish to water, with nary a problem finding deductions or visualizing how the game works.

Back when I was studying for the LSAT, I was not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I did fine on the Games section, but I always had a lingering fear that I’d get some super hard game on my test and not be able to figure it out. I just couldn’t quite see how games worked in the way that other people could.

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September 2018 Test Takers: You’re Going to Kill It Tomorrow

It’s a busy day for those taking the September LSAT: They have only one more day until their months-long nightmare has ended.

Based on my experience teaching the LSAT, almost no one feels ready for test day when it finally arrives. After all, there’s always something else you could have studied if you’d had just a little more time; you didn’t get around to reviewing Must Be True questions containing exactly 3.5 conditional statements, and what if LSAC decides to make this test one based entirely on Must Be True questions???!!!

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The Little Things That Will Build Confidence Before Test Day

One of the most important things you can bring with you to the LSAT is a healthy sense of self-confidence. If you’re feeling good about your LSAT abilities, you’re less likely to second-guess yourself or waste time, which allows you to move through the questions more quickly.

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Enjoy a Healthy Diet of Practice Exams in These Last Few Weeks

This may shock you, but many pre-law types tend to fall toward the Type A end of the spectrum. Surprising, I know.

One side effect of this tendency is that many people who are studying for the LSAT want to overdo it. After all, if doing one practice test in a week is good, then doing seven practice tests in a week must be seven times better, right?!

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10 LSATs a year? Here’s how they should be scheduled

LSAC has said that you’ll have the option to take the test in almost every month, with the exception of May and December; however, we feel that this proposed schedule lacks imagination. So, in the event that LSAC would like to reconsider its testing schedule, here are some alternatives:

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Gather ‘Round to Learn How to Conquer Circular Games

Circular logic games are a veritable unicorn of the LSAT, but the kind of unicorn you’d really rather not see, like one that poops ominous clouds instead of rainbows.

Takers of the July 2018 LSAT were unpleasantly surprised to find that their test included one of these mythical game types.

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RSVP to Next Tuesday’s LSAT and Logic Games Webinars!

Back to school season is in full swing, and next week, Blueprint is taking you to class. That’s right — we’re hosting two free webinars, so you’ll be able to learn more about the LSAT as a whole or the Logic Games section specifically, from the comfort of your own home! Or the library… or work… or your friendly neighborhood coffee shop… you get the idea. Pants are optional (unless you’re in one of the latter places).

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A Painless Approach to Parallel Questions

Parallel questions are among the most hated question types on the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT, and for good reason — each question contains a total of six separate arguments (the original argument in the stimulus, and one argument in each of the answer choices), which means that all together, this question type can be a huge time-waster.

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Avoid These LSAT Faux Pas

Some bad habits, like cracking your knuckles or picking your nails, are socially acceptable. But some bad habits are such faux pas that they can never be forgiven among polite company.

We hope that your parents have it covered when it comes to teaching you about social habits to avoid. But when it comes to LSAT faux pas, we’re your guys (and gals). Here are some things to avoid when you begin studying for the LSAT: