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At the Starting Gate of Your LSAT Class

Blueprint classes for the February LSAT are kicking off this week, and students across the U.S. are encountering the LSAT for the first time, the start of a relationship that over the next few months will blossom (hopefully) into a full blown, Hugh Grant-worthy love affair with the logic of the LSAT.

And while the February LSAT may seem distant and these first lessons straightforward and somewhat introductory, it’s of the utmost importance that you gain a solid understanding of these initial concepts. The methods in the class build upon themselves. These first few lessons provide the foundation for everything to come; not fully understanding validity or logical force will do more than interfere with your success on Must Be True questions, it will destroy your ability to spot a flawed argument, much less strengthen/weaken one, not to mention finding sufficient and necessary assumptions.

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Less Than 24 Hours to Withdraw from the December LSAT

The time has come. The December LSAT is tomorrow, reckoning day for thousands of pre-law students the world over, and the chance to finally test your mettle against the logical labyrinth that is the LSAT. With no time left to prepare, only one thing matters now: Are you ready?

And since today is the last day to withdraw from the December LSAT without consequence (minus the loss of your registration fee, of course), it’s important that you spend some time honestly assessing this question; but how do you know? Sure, you may be sick of the LSAT, blasphemously cursing Thurgood Marshall himself in your eagerness to be done with this damned test – but apathy and a desire to be done does not mean you’re ready.

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In-Laws and the Inverse: A Guide to Thanksgiving LSAT Prep

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. More importantly, tomorrow begins your last week to study for the December LSAT (next Friday is a strict no study day). And so you may find yourself torn in opposing directions tomorrow – should you celebrate with your family, feasting until you slip into a turkey-induced coma, or should you lock yourself away in your room taking LSAT practice exams until you’ve scored a 175?

As usual, the answer lies somewhere in-between (did someone say exclusivity?). This last week of study is incredibly important. How you prepare will determine whether you’ll enter the December LSAT confident in your abilities or unsure of yourself and overly anxious, or, even worse, burned out and desiring “just to be done with this stupid test.” Your goal this last week should be to channel your inner Goldilocks to find the amount of studying that is just right for you.

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Two (Important) Weeks Until the December LSAT

The December LSAT is two weeks away and whether you end up crushing it or getting crushed will depend largely on how you use these next 14 days. With just two weeks left, it’s essential that you get the most out of your studying. So it’s time to hunker down for some serious LSAT study time. Better stock up on Red Bulls and Easy Mac; your weekend plans just got canceled.

That said, getting the most out of your studying is not the same as trying to do the most studying. Locking yourself in a room to take three practice exams back-to-back-to-back may maximize your study time for the day, but it’s pure crazy and will likely do more to hurt your score than help it.

From now on all of your studying should be divided into one of two distinct groups – performance practice and skill practice.

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Why the December LSAT is so Sneaky

The December LSAT is dangerous. Not because it’s a harder test; myths about some exam sessions being consistently more difficult than others are complete and utter poppycock (please excuse my profanity). No, the December LSAT is dangerous for an entirely different reason – it’s sneaky.

I know what you’re thinking: all LSATs are sneaky, employing double negatives, horribly convoluted arguments, and worse grammar than George W. The December LSAT is no exception. But this one is doubly sneaky, like stealthy ninja sneaky, for if you’re not wary, you may find yourself taken by surprise at how quickly the December LSAT test day arrives.

Part of the problem is that the December LSAT follows so closely on the heels of the October exam while other exams are separated by up to four months.

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5 Things that Must Happen in Your Last Month of LSAT Study

Today is November 3, exactly one month from the December 2011 LSAT. To some of you, this realization may strike fear in your hearts (or at least anxiety in your stomachs) – it’s only 30 days and there’s so much LSAT study to do! To others, it may be more time than you’d desire, at least those who fondly remember having time for a social life before all this LSAT study. Actually, a month happens to be the perfect amount of time, but only if you’re going about your LSAT study properly. To make sure you are ready to rock it next month, here are the top five things you must do as part of your LSAT study and preparation over the next 30 days:

1) Memorize every common flaw. Memorizing and understanding flaws is the single most helpful thing you can add to your LSAT study to improve your score (at least in LR).

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Halloween LSAT Flaws are Spooky Stuff

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a holiday best associated with C-cast horror movies, miniature ghouls and goblins crowding the streets, and excessive sugar-fueled hallucinations, ones that may seem completely removed from your LSAT study, but, as you may be noticing after completing lesson 6, flawed reasoning is everywhere, and this haunted holiday is no exception. So, to help you get in the holiday spirit, let’s analyze some of the most prevalent Halloween flaws.

See if you can spot the flaws in the following arguments:

All of my friends know and love Link, so my carefully constructed Link costume will make me the life of the party.

Unlikely.

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Why is the LSAC So Strict on LSAT Test Day?

The LSAC has always been a little excessive in their restrictions and policies, requiring finger printing, prohibiting mechanical pencils and sweaters with hoods (even if you’re not wearing the hood and it’s 20 degrees out), and recently, requiring students to bring a headshot picture of themselves, in addition to their ID. These policies may have been started with good intentions, but collectively they come off as somewhat comical, if not outright paranoid. Are they really worried that I’m going to turn my digital watch into some sort of a James Bond-inspired wireless transponder? Has the LSAC forgotten that I’m going to law school to avoid engineering, not to exploit it?

Add to the picture proctors tasked with interpreting and enforcing these rules, wielding absolute power over the futures of a few hundred stressed out pre-law students, and a whole new level of paranoid nonsense arises.

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What NOT to Do While Preparing for Your LSAT Date

Studying for the LSAT is not as straightforward as some would think; there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. To help ensure that you get as much out of your studying as possible, here are the top 10 mistakes students make while preparing for their LSAT date:

Trying to tackle too much at once: Preparing for the LSAT takes a lot of time; make sure you pick an LSAT date that allows you to put in the time to properly study. If you’re a full time student, working a part-time job, and holding an internship – consider waiting for an LSAT date when your workload won’t be so intense.

Not establishing a solid foundation from the beginning: The later, more advanced concepts build upon the earlier. For example, not learning how to diagram properly will do more than interfere with your ability to answer a few MBT questions – some of the hardest LR questions (sufficient, necessary, parallel) and some of the harder games (grouping and combo) require a solid understanding of conditional statements.

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The December 2011 LSAT Prep is Underway

As thousands of students eagerly await their scores from this past weekend, other lucky students are just starting their journey into the LSAT — the December 2011 LSAT, to be exact.

For many of you, taking practice exam 1 last weekend was your first exposure to the LSAT. And chances are, you’re not happy with your score. This is good. Having just enrolled in a prep course, it would be aggravating (to say the least) if you could already score a 175. More importantly, this dissatisfaction can be used to great effect — so channel it. Use it as a motivation to study, as a motivation to attend class, and as a motivation to sacrifice Tuesday Night Drinking Club (at least until December).

What you don’t want, though, is to be discouraged. If your first score is dramatically lower than your desired score, it’s easy to despair.