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.
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.