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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The Last Push: Reading Comprehension

The clock is ticking on the final countdown to the June LSAT, and the pressure is on. If you already feel 100% prepared and like there is no room for improvement, then this post is not for you. But if you wouldn’t mind improving by a point or two, then read on.

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Last Chance to Register for Today’s Two Webinars!

There’s a lot of information on the ol’ World Wide Web about the LSAT and law school admissions, but it can be hard to figure out where to look or which sources are trustworthy. That’s where we come in.

Today, Wednesday, May 31, we’re providing two free webinars to guide you through your pre-law journey: an LSAT webinar and a law school admissions webinar.


Unlocking Logic Games with Organization

The more I work with LSAT students, the more I believe that the way you organize your work on the Logic Games affects your overall performance. I’ve seen a lot of students who are struggling to understand games or find deductions, and often when I look at their homework, it’s hard to even figure out what they’re doing because their work is all over the place and totally disorganized.

This is, of course, bad. Despite what you may think, the way that you organize your work for Logic Games makes a big difference on your performance, and the best practice is not to use up as much of the white space on the page as you can. Instead, your work should be kept to a limited, but well-organized, area. This is for two reasons: 1) speed, and 2) ease of finding deductions.

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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.