Tag Archive: LSAT logic games

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Caption Contest Winners and New LSAT Book Giveaway

Blueprint LSAT Prep really needs to invest in a t-shirt gun. Not only would it make us look cool, but we’d be able to distribute more shirts to deserving recipients — like all of those who participated in last week’s caption contest right here on the LSAT blog.

Alas, we could only pick one commenter taking the October LSAT and one commenter taking the December LSAT to win a brand spankin’ new Blueprint LSAT Prep t-shirt. The competition among October LSAT test-takers was particularly tight, but here are the caption contest champs (along with the photo that they had to caption):

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October LSAT Prep Should Be Shifting Into High Gear

The October LSAT is coming up in 19 days. It’s time to talk about speed: you should have covered more or less everything the LSAT might throw at you by now, so now it’s your job to figure out how to do it faster.

One of the first keys to picking up the pace is knowing what you’re doing. If you’re still hazy on identifying LSAT Logical Reasoning questions, or on how to approach some of them, now’s the time to work that out. If you’re not sure how to symbolize some common rules on LSAT Logic Games, get that squared away STAT. Being unsure how to approach things wastes a lot of time. And being confident in what to do, step by step, makes things go by much faster.

Time yourself as you practice, and pick up the pace gradually. Try to work more efficiently, not just faster.

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In or Out?: October LSAT Early Withdraw Deadline Tomorrow

Tomorrow is your last chance to get a partial refund for your October LSAT registration. If you haven’t done any LSAT prep yet, then you should probably withdraw your registration or change your LSAT test date.

If you have been studying for the past month, then you might not like your current practice LSAT score, but at this point few people do. You’ll see your best practice LSAT score sometime in the last week before the October LSAT. So, don’t rush to withdraw your LSAT registration just because you’re not hitting your ideal score yet.

It’s very common to feel overwhelmed and insecure at this point in your LSAT prep. The LSAT is tough, and there are a lot of concepts to learn. But right now you deserve to be happy with yourself if you’ve been studying hard.

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3 Tips to Stay Sane as We Close In On the October LSAT

The October LSAT is in 30 days. Four weeks plus two days. However you look at it, the October LSAT is sneaking up fast.

If you’re studying for the LSAT, that thought probably doesn’t comfort you right now. You might feel like you have to spend every waking hour between now and the fifth of October thinking about the LSAT.

You might even feel like the LSAT is starting to make you go a little crazy. Don’t let it. Even though you have a lot of work to do in the next four weeks, it’s important that you figure out how to stay sane and avoid burning out. Here are some suggestions:

How to Stay Sane Before the October LSAT I: Take a day away from LSAT prep

You may feel like you can’t afford to take a day off, but the gains to your mental health will more than make up for any time lost.

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Take a Small Break From LSAT Prep Over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is here and all of you deserve to take a day off and go nuts on the potato salad and hotdogs. Taking a short break from your October LSAT prep can help your LSAT score. So by all means, take a day this weekend to unwind.

Of course, you can’t afford to take the whole weekend off. You want to save your days of rest for the two weeks before the LAST. In those two weeks the most important thing is to be relaxed, well rested, and confident. But right now, you can afford to be tough on yourself.

At a minimum you should have your LSAT Logical Reasoning flaws memorized. Your success on Logical Reasoning questions depends on identifying flawed reasoning, and avoiding it yourself.

If you can follow a recipe, you can do well on the LSAT Logic Games section.

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Which NFL Players Would You Pick in an LSAT Fantasy Draft?

Today marks the last week of preseason games in the National Football League. This means National Football League season ticket holders are going through the annual ritual of trying to get rid of the National Football League preseason tickets they’re obligated to buy.

It also means that many National Football League fans are preparing to draft players for their National Football League fantasy teams. The question is, what if you were to draft some of these muscle-heads for an LSAT fantasy team? Let’s explore that idea.

(Since I don’t actually work for the sports media, I’m exempt from the requirement to say the full words “National Football League” as much as possible. I’ll stop now.)

Maybe my hometown bias is showing through, but I’ll start with San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league. Why? For his versatility.

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Top 3 Questions I Receive in LSAT Tutoring

After tutoring dozens of students over the last couple years, I’ve noticed that I get asked about a few things over and over. While I hate to risk putting myself out of work by sharing my secrets, I’m catching up on Mad Men on Netflix and every hour of tutoring is an hour that I’m missing out on watching Don’s antics. So without further ado, here are the top three questions I hear in LSAT tutoring, as well as some tips for solving each.

1. Trouble finding deductions in LSAT Logic Games

Deductions are amazing and life-saving for LSAT Logic Games, but they can be a big stumbling block for some students. My tutorees aren’t sure how to find them, and they aren’t sure how to tell when they’ve found all of the deductions and can proceed to the questions.

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How I’ve Been Holding Up Since My Breakup with the LSAT

I started teaching the LSAT in 2008. I stopped in 2013. I’ve been LSAT sober for four months.

In my five years of teaching this most wonderful of tests, I got to know it pretty well. Between classes, tutoring, and manning the email helpline, I worked with literally thousands of bright-eyed students (well, they started bright-eyed, anyway). I’ve done every single modern LSAT question. Even the rare out-of-print ones, even the awful ones from the early 90s that made people seriously reconsider going to law school. I’ve done most LSAT questions multiple times, and many of them many, many times. I’m pretty sure I could recreate the mauve dinosaur game from memory. I can certainly tell you all about Noguchi’s positive light sculptures. And I’ll never forget about the possible link between curing herpes and smoking pot.

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Level Up Your LSAT Diagramming Skills With This Fun Quiz

Knowing how to diagram conditional claims is essential for every scored section of the LSAT. In LSAT Logical Reasoning, you have to diagram conditional claims very often with Must Be True, Must Be False, Could Be True, Sufficient, Necessary, Flaw, Parallel, and Parallel Flaw question types. In LSAT Logic Games, you’ll make some very nasty mistakes by incorrectly diagraming conditional rules. Finally, in LSAT Reading Comprehension, main points can be conditional, and many other question types will also depend on your ability to diagram.

All diagramable questions have very tempting sucker choices. This is because diagraming mistakes are easy to predict. So, an incorrect anticipation will probably show up in your answer choices. This makes diagramable questions pretty difficult.

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What the NBA Finals Have Taught Us About LSAT Prep

Tonight, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will go at it in game seven of the NBA finals. The entire season has come down to this. Should the Heat win, South Beach will go crazy, but I think the basketball result will be more of an excuse for the celebration than its underlying cause. And if the Spurs emerge victorious, will revelers, uh, throng the River Walk?

LSAT studiers who are basketball fans have it easy: the June LSAT is over and done with, and the October LSAT is still far away. You can watch the NBA finals without any tinge of guilt.

Although the LSAC will never ask you to shoot free throws (probably), there are lessons you can take from this year’s NBA finals if you’re studying for the LSAT. Here are some parallels:

It takes a strong rotation throughout to succeed.