What to do before your LSAT class starts …

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It’s a question as old as time, or at least as old as LSAT classes: what should I do to study before my class starts? Since the remaining Blueprint classes for the June LSAT are starting within the next couple weeks, it’s a relevant question now, too.

The short answer is nothing. If you have experience with the LSAT already, that’s fine. But class is going to teach you how to approach everything on the test. If you haven’t studied for the LSAT yet, it’s better to let the class show you everything for the first time. It’s easier to pick up the right way to do things if you don’t already have a bunch of ideas floating around your head.

So relax. Studying for the LSAT is going to take time and energy. The most important thing is that you’ll have that time and energy when it counts. Do some fun things. Celebrate your last little but of time free from studying. Come to class refreshed.

But if you insist on doing at least something, here’s what you can do. Read. Three quarters of the LSAT is about reading in some way or another. If you read all the time anyway, no need to change anything. But if not, it can’t hurt to get in the habit. Read what you want. Seriously, just read. If you want a recommendation, maybe try The Economist. Why? It has lots of relatively short articles that express viewpoints. That’s something you’ll see a lot in LSAT reading comp. Focus on identifying the viewpoints and the author’s stance.

Do Sudoku. They’re not the same thing as LSAT logic games. Having skill at one doesn’t mean you have skill at the other. I’m pretty good at logic games but not very good at Sudoku. But that’s only because I’ve practiced LSAT logic games much more than I’ve practiced Sudoku; the crossword is much more my bag if we’re talking newspaper puzzles. Both Sudoku and logic games involve figuring things out by narrowing down possibilities, and so a bit of practice with Sudoku will help you sharpen those skills and that might help you when you start learning the LSAT.

If you insist on getting a head start on the LSAT, check out Blueprint’s Logic Games and Reading Comp books. They’ll teach you about those sections and the methods will line up perfectly with what you learn in class. So while there’s no need to do anything in advance, if you want to start learning about the LSAT now, that’s where to start.

But mainly relax. Studying for the LSAT will tire you out. Take it easy now so you’re still in good shape come June.

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