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In-Laws and the Inverse: A Guide to Thanksgiving LSAT Prep

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. More importantly, tomorrow begins your last week to study for the December LSAT (next Friday is a strict no study day). And so you may find yourself torn in opposing directions tomorrow – should you celebrate with your family, feasting until you slip into a turkey-induced coma, or should you lock yourself away in your room taking LSAT practice exams until you’ve scored a 175?

As usual, the answer lies somewhere in-between (did someone say exclusivity?). This last week of study is incredibly important. How you prepare will determine whether you’ll enter the December LSAT confident in your abilities or unsure of yourself and overly anxious, or, even worse, burned out and desiring “just to be done with this stupid test.” Your goal this last week should be to channel your inner Goldilocks to find the amount of studying that is just right for you.

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Two (Important) Weeks Until the December LSAT

The December LSAT is two weeks away and whether you end up crushing it or getting crushed will depend largely on how you use these next 14 days. With just two weeks left, it’s essential that you get the most out of your studying. So it’s time to hunker down for some serious LSAT study time. Better stock up on Red Bulls and Easy Mac; your weekend plans just got canceled.

That said, getting the most out of your studying is not the same as trying to do the most studying. Locking yourself in a room to take three practice exams back-to-back-to-back may maximize your study time for the day, but it’s pure crazy and will likely do more to hurt your score than help it.

From now on all of your studying should be divided into one of two distinct groups – performance practice and skill practice.

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5 Things that Must Happen in Your Last Month of LSAT Study

Today is November 3, exactly one month from the December 2011 LSAT. To some of you, this realization may strike fear in your hearts (or at least anxiety in your stomachs) – it’s only 30 days and there’s so much LSAT study to do! To others, it may be more time than you’d desire, at least those who fondly remember having time for a social life before all this LSAT study. Actually, a month happens to be the perfect amount of time, but only if you’re going about your LSAT study properly. To make sure you are ready to rock it next month, here are the top five things you must do as part of your LSAT study and preparation over the next 30 days:

1) Memorize every common flaw. Memorizing and understanding flaws is the single most helpful thing you can add to your LSAT study to improve your score (at least in LR).

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Making Sense of LSAT Practice Exam 2

We’re about a month away from the December 2011 LSAT, which means all you good little logic-loving foot soldiers have taken your second LSAT practice exam. Most of you have likely seen some improvement in your score since your first LSAT practice exam.

But what to make of it?

Did you improve as much as you’d hoped? If not, let’s not act like the roof is falling in, mmmkay? You’ve still got a whole lot to learn and plenty of time in which to learn it. Your focus should be on those types of questions you’ve already encountered during your LSAT practice. Did you miss a bunch of Sufficient questions? Don’t sweat it too much. You haven’t studied them yet. Same goes for Necessary questions. Take your score report and look at how you did on the questions types you’ve studied so far.

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Halloween LSAT Flaws are Spooky Stuff

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a holiday best associated with C-cast horror movies, miniature ghouls and goblins crowding the streets, and excessive sugar-fueled hallucinations, ones that may seem completely removed from your LSAT study, but, as you may be noticing after completing lesson 6, flawed reasoning is everywhere, and this haunted holiday is no exception. So, to help you get in the holiday spirit, let’s analyze some of the most prevalent Halloween flaws.

See if you can spot the flaws in the following arguments:

All of my friends know and love Link, so my carefully constructed Link costume will make me the life of the party.

Unlikely.

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Maintaining Your Study Plan as the October LSAT Looms

In the wild and crazy life of an LSAT instructor, the month of September is the wildest and craziest time of all. You are probably picturing raging all-night parties filled with voluptuous video vixens and Crystal flying everywhere. (For the most part, you’re right, except substitute freaked out LSAT students and dry erase markers.)

With three weeks to go until the October LSAT, it’s important that students utilize the remaining time the best way possible. However, there always seems to be a lot of different theories about what defines the best way possible.

After working with thousands of LSAT students over the last decade, I think I have gotten a pretty good idea of what works.

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Finding Balance on the LSAT

The other day I was slacklining in the park (of course if you’re not from Berkeley or happen to be similarly surrounded by hordes of hippies, you probably have no idea what that means – think tight rope walking meets trampolining ), trying to teach my friend how to walk the line, when suddenly I was struck by the similarities between learning to slackline and learning the LSAT. Sure, at first glance they may seem like polar opposites – one is a “sport” practiced by unkempt hippies that gets you nowhere except a position of prominence among the flower children, the other a dreaded requirement for law school that could result in a true position of prominence – but upon closer inspection, there is much to learn from slacklining (even beyond any clichés about needing to get up and try again after falling off).

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Le Tour de France of LSAT Studying

The Tour de France officially ended this week. Comprised of three grueling weeks over varied terrain including the French Alps and Pyrenees, it is the most prestigious bicycle race in the world. You might be familiar with the tour from one Lance Armstrong, who won the tour a world-record seven times with only one testicle. Which is why he’s such a badass. (Also because he dated Sheryl Crow).

Anyhoo.

I find watching the tour every year a riveting experience, and this time around was no different. From Dutch cyclist Hoogerland getting hurled into a barb wire fence to the first time stage win by America sprinter Tyler Ferrar, it was packed full of excitement.

So what does the Tour de France have to do with the LSAT, you might wonder?

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Studying for the LSAT: A Culinary Experience?

Fact: Most people are awful in the kitchen (blended adult beverages aside). The words “chiffonade”, “mirepoix” and “spatchcock” sound like an alien language (and to be fair, two of them are French). The mere thought of roasting a whole chicken sends many into cold sweats.

Another Fact: Most people have less than awesome scores on the LSAT. What’s this got to do with a lack of culinary ability? I’m getting there. You can skip ahead after finishing Julie and Julia if you like. The LSAT is unique in the realm of standardized tests. Unlike the SAT or any number of AP tests you high school overachievers no doubt took, the LSAT is not a test that requires large amounts of memorization.

Rather, the LSAT is a test where your score depends on your mastery of technique. In order to score well, you must develop the tools to deal with logic. Here’s where the cooking bit comes in.

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Getting Started: Early Issues with Reading Comp

During the last few lessons I’ve spent with my current class (whom I love unconditionally), a few issues have arisen as we worked through Reading Comprehension passages. The culmination was the moment when I was asked the following question:

“If I don’t understand the words, what should I do?”

You might assume that there is no answer to such a question, but you would be wrong. Over the years of teaching the LSAT, I have found that there is an answer to every question, a solution to every problem that students confront.

So here are a few tips that deserve repeating.