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How to Diagram “Unless” LSAT Logical Reasoning Questions

Welcome to our ongoing series on the more nefarious elements of diagramming.

Topping the agenda today are “unless” questions. These are much more straightforward than the “only” conditionals we reviewed last week. Unlike “only” questions, which require one to search for the referent, “unless” questions have a more standardized approach. Consider the following:

“Unless I just brushed my teeth, you’ll find me sipping a cold glass of orange juice”

What does this mean? It tells us that, in all cases where I haven’t just finished brushing my teeth, I’ve got a tall glass of nature’s goodness by my side. To simplify: if I have not just brushed, then I’ve got OJ. Look diagrammable?

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How to Make the Most of Your LSAT Prep Homework Time

If you’re just starting your September LSAT prep, you’re already learning the joys of Logic Games, sufficiency and necessity. Unfortunately, just showing up for class is not sufficient for a good LSAT score. You’ll also need to do your homework, and you’ll need to do it the right way.

The point of LSAT homework is not just to get it done as quickly as possible. If you’re halfheartedly doing your homework with one eye on a rerun of Scrubs, you might as well not be doing it at all. Instead, the goal of LSAT homework is to make sure you fully understand the concepts you’re covering.

That means that you should take as much time as you need per question. Seriously, don’t mark an answer until you’re fully confident in your choice. This early in your prep, there’s no rush.

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On Food Day, We Ask: Should You Change Your LSAT Diet?

It seems like nearly everything has a “day” celebrating its existence now. I haven’t formally investigated, but I know there’s a Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I’m willing to bet there’s a Whiskey Day (but what day isn’t whiskey day?). As it so happens, today is Food Day, which presents us with an opportunity to discuss the types of foods that one should eat as part of an ideal pre-LSAT diet.

As I’ve noted in previous posts here on the LSAT blog, your LSAT prep is not the time to change your habits. You’ve got enough stress without adding the stress of making major life changes. In other words, if you regularly eat like crap right now, continue eating like crap until you’re done with the LSAT. If you eat super a balanced diet and exercise a lot right now, keep doing so.

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Out With October LSAT Prep, In With December LSAT Prep

December brings lots of good tidings: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, the solstice, New Years Eve, Festivus, and perhaps even the tail end of your Thanksgiving food coma. But let us not forget the December LSAT. It’s on its way just as surely as Santa in his sleigh.

No, that’s not right; the December LSAT is considerably more certain.

There’s relatively little time between this past Saturday’s October LSAT and the December LSAT. As such, if you intend to take the December LSAT, it’s time to get your butt in gear. Start your LSAT prep now. Don’t slack on that LSAT homework and think you’ll catch up later. There’s just too much to do in the next two months.

Even so, as long as you get to work you have enough time to get ready for the December LSAT.

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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.