Tag Archive: lsat practice

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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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Why You May Not Like Your Next LSAT Practice Exam Score

As the October LSAT draws nearer and Blueprint’s LSAT classes progress through their lessons, the time has come for many of you to take your second LSAT practice exam.

Interpreting the results from the second LSAT practice exam can be a challenge. You probably haven’t covered every kind of LSAT question yet, and you probably haven’t done much to work on your pacing. That’s perfectly normal, and your goal on the second LSAT practice exam should be to improve your accuracy on the questions you get to of the types you’ve covered. But this means that as you review, the practice LSAT score doesn’t tell the whole story.

Most students see their LSAT scores go up on the second practice exam. Some don’t. It’s reasonably common for the score to go down a little bit, too.

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Make Sure You’re Taking Advantage of All LSAC Has to Offer

If you ask my students (and I often do), the LSAC is an evil organization meant to keep you from going to the law school of your choice, take your money, and probably kick you in the groin a few times. The more melodramatic ones suggest that they barter in stolen souls.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, I guess the soul thing could be true; I don’t know what currency they accept at the company store.

In reality, the LSAC is a business with two sets of clients. The first set is you, the pre-law student. They’re trying to sell you products to help you in the law school application process. The second set is the law schools, which use the LSAC to screen candidates.

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How LSAT Prep is Like an NFL Training Camp

It’s almost August, which means two things: NFL teams have reported to training camp, and Blueprint’s LSAT prep classes for the October LSAT are underway. Even though you don’t need to show up to your first LSAT class in game shape, and you won’t ever be penalized $2 million for failing to show up to “optional” LSAT team workouts, there are some parallels between the two.

How LSAT Prep is Like an NFL Training Camp I: You have to learn the playbook

NFL offenses have notoriously large playbooks. Memorizing their contents is no easy task for the players. But it’s an important one: if you don’t know the plays, you’ll have trouble staying on the field. Studying for the LSAT doesn’t involve nearly as much memorization, fortunately for you. But think of it as building a playbook.

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How Judo Training is a Lot Like Studying for the LSAT

In my past life I did a fair amount of judo, which is a kind of wrestling sport. It is not a “martial art”. Martial means something like “appropriate for war;” judo was created as a sport from the start, but that’s a long story. Now that I work as an LSAT prep instructor I’ve realized that LSAT prep and training for judo have a ton in common.

How Judo is Like LSAT Prep I: Bad Habits are Difficult to Undo

Many people who do judo started out by learning a lot of things incorrectly. They then spend years trying to undo their awful habits, while someone who never developed these bad habits can surpass them very quickly.

The same thing happens with the LSAT.

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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.

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What Your Weekend Before the June LSAT Should Look Like

So this is it. It’s the Friday before the LSAT.

If you were taking, say, the October LSAT, you’d be mentally preparing to kick some LSAT butt tomorrow morning. But since this is June, you’ve got a whole, empty, interminable weekend stretching out ahead of you. What are you going to do with all that time?

You should take your final pre-LSAT practice test no later than Saturday. That means you’ll spend Saturday either taking your practice LSAT test and reviewing it, or (if you already took the practice test) perhaps fine-tuning a few weaknesses. That should keep you busy, and keeping busy is good.

But that leaves Sunday, an entire day on which you will be doing no studying. That’s right – no studying at all.

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Only One Week Left, June LSAT Test-Takers

The June LSAT is one week away. Seven days. One hundred and sixty-eight hours, give or take. Before you freak out, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to make the most of the next week.

If you’re close to your target LSAT score, your job this week is to build confidence and make small refinements to your technique. Contrary to what you might fear, you’re not going to forget everything about the LSAT if you let up a little. Seriously, you won’t. On the other hand, studying like a maniac and burning out won’t help you.

So keep up the timed practice: Do full LSAT sections and a couple full LSAT practice tests. Review them carefully and look to shore up any weaknesses you find. But don’t do too much. Don’t try to change anything you’re doing too drastically. Get enough sleep, eat right, and get some exercise.

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Counting Down Your Final 10 Days Until the June LSAT

As of today, there are 10 days left until the June LSAT.

The ideal use of the next 10 days would be to calmly continue taking LSAT practice tests and drilling weaknesses, while getting plenty of sleep and eating well. After a year or so of observing students, though, I know that the reaction is usually a little different. Here is what I believe to be a more typical outline of the next ten days:

Day 10 Until the June LSAT: Read an LSAT blog post pointing out that there are 10 days until the June LSAT. Panic. Think about everything you still need to study. Panic again.

Day 9 Until the June LSAT: Dive into studying with a renewed sense of purpose.

Day 8 Until the June LSAT: Take an LSAT practice test.

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3 LSAT Prep Tips for Studying Over Memorial Day Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time that for many people marks the start of summer, beach trips, drinks in the sun, and wearing white again. For those studying for the June LSAT, though, it more likely brings on panicked thoughts of impending doom. How should you spend your next couple weeks of studying to maximize your success?

Memorial Day Weekend LSAT Prep Tip I: Don’t panic

The vast majority of my students don’t see their biggest LSAT score gains until right before the test. Even if your recent LSAT practice test scores have not been near your goal LSAT score, keep studying as though you’ll take the June LSAT; chances are your LSAT scores will improve drastically as you keep reviewing and drilling weaknesses. However, if you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will not be ready for the June LSAT, remember that the deadline to change your LSAT test date to the October LSAT is this Sunday at 11:59 pm ET.