Wake Up Early and Follow These Best LSAT Practices

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As you anxious LSATers eventually make your way to law school and you consider such matters as fiduciary duty and compliance, you’ll run into the phrase “best practices” on at least a semi-frequent basis. It’s a phrase that describes the actions one should take to avoid liability.

Well, if you want to avoid a score in the 150s, then you should follow these LSAT best practices.

LSAT Best Practice #1: Study Early

In this case, “early” has two meanings. The first has to do with how many prep days you give yourself before the actual date of the LSAT. Up to a point, the more days you have, the better. You don’t want to give yourself so much time that you run out of things to practice, but with the catalogue of questions ever expanding, that hardly seems likely.

The second meaning has to do with the time of day you study. I know life has its constraints, but all things being equal, it’s probably best to study earlier in the day – say 8:30 a.m.? I’m guessing that’s just a hair earlier than your earliest class during the last semester of senior year (if you scheduled properly). You must condition yourself to think in the best LSAT terms early in the morning, with a stomach full of breakfast and coffee. Do so, and you’re well on your way to getting your best LSAT score possible.

LSAT Best Practice #2: Study Often

You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: the LSAT is not a test of knowledge. The LSAT is a test of logical skill. You do not get good at something by hoping it happens. You get good at something through time and effort. Obtaining the best LSAT score is no different. You’re entitled to take a day (or half a day) off here and there, but the only way to ensure that you retain the techniques you’ve learned is to use them frequently. As in every day. As in more than once every day. Don’t be surprised if your social life takes a nosedive for a couple months. No biggie though. You’ll thank me when you start taking practice exams and get your best LSAT scores ever.

LSAT Best Practice #3: Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

So you’re getting up early. Great. You’re studying often. Stupendous. You’re zipping through questions at the speed of light.

Ruh-roh, Raggy.

Just because you’re going fast doesn’t mean you’re doing well. Chances are, you’re sacrificing accuracy and technique for speed. You, my friend, are putting the cart before its proverbial horse. Speed comes after technique. If you still have to think about the proper approach to a type of question, then don’t worry about speed. Once you can recognize the type of question you’re dealing with and remember the necessary technique without having to stop, then you can start trying to speed up. Kanye may not know much about the best LSAT practice, but until then, take his advice.

Give it your best LSAT practice, and you’ll land your best LSAT score.

8 Responses

  1. Daniel says:

    What if you study early, often, slowly, accurately, and constantly; yet no real results on practice tests? What then big guy; what then?

  2. Hank says:

    This blog post from earlier in the week deals with that issue, Daniel: http://blueprintprep.com/lsatblog/lsat-advice/the-other-thing-the-lsat-tests-your-patience/

    • Daniel says:

      Yeah, I know. The sickening thing is that Colin maybe right. I calmed down and started to take a more relaxed approach to answering and I am doing way better; but I have not had it translate to the test yet.

      • Hank says:

        But you said it yourself: You are doing way better. Stay positive. Don’t anticipate that you’ll do poorly on the test. You still have at least one more practice exam left, after all. Still a month to go. Keep up the hard work, and it’ll pay off.

  3. Amy says:

    Studying early in the morning was awesome during the summer. I learned tons! Now that I’m back at work (I’m a teacher) and waking up at 4:30AM again, my growth has become non-existent, and I’m suddenly terrified. Exhaustion doesn’t make a good study companion.

  4. CJ says:

    I just started seriously prepping last week for the December exam. While I’ve taken the test before (obviously without a great result), I’m happy at least to be learning the skills necessary to score as well as I can. I too have to work in the morning and cannot begin studying until 5 P.M. This may have to change cone the middle if October…

  5. Rosana Quevedo says:

    I’ve been studying since late July, but I’m still not satisfied at where I am, would you recommend that I hold off until December to really solidify my skills?

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