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Don’t Study for the LSAT Today (And Other Leap Year Myths)

Today is February 29! Also known as Leap Day, this occasion happens only once every four years (and sometimes only once every eight years). For tens of thousands of years, this magical day has filled mankind with wonder, and there are a lot of superstitions and beliefs about the day. They might not all be true, but they probably are.

Let’s take a look:

It’s OK to propose to a man on Leap Day – Ladies out there, are you tired of waiting for your man to propose? Well today, and today only, you’re allowed to do some role-reversal and propose to your boyfriend! You may remember this tradition, as it was popularized a few years ago by the famously terrible movie Leap Year. If you want to take part in this tradition, you have to make sure to wear a partially visible red petticoat under your dress (really).

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T-Minus One Month Until February LSAT Test Day

For those of you who are counting (i.e. all of you), there’s exactly one month until the February LSAT. Some of you just registered for the test and think there’s plenty of time left. Others are freaking out, thinking that it’s almost here!

You’re both right.

One month will fly by if you don’t have a proper study plan. While the entire process should be governed by a schedule, it’s even more important to have one for the next four weeks to maximize your LSAT prep efforts.

First, clear off a bit of your schedule. You want to make sure that you have enough time to go over everything that you need to.

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Waiting For Your LSAT Score Over the Holidays

It’s the holidays! Yay! You’re still waiting for your LSAT score! Yay! Wait…that’s not right. It’s an unfortunate truth that you can’t get your gift shopping done without that little voice in the back of your head reminding you that you haven’t yet received the score that could very well determine where you go to law school. No biggie though, right? It’s not as though you want to relax and enjoy your time off school or work without worry, basking in the particular type of glow that can only be produced through the right ratio of drunk relatives to poorly conceived gifts. And yet somehow, you manage to be unhappy about having yet to receive your LSAT score. Well, bah humbug. Here’s some advice to help you ignore that nagging little voice.

1. Booze it up

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At the Starting Gate of Your LSAT Class

Blueprint classes for the February LSAT are kicking off this week, and students across the U.S. are encountering the LSAT for the first time, the start of a relationship that over the next few months will blossom (hopefully) into a full blown, Hugh Grant-worthy love affair with the logic of the LSAT.

And while the February LSAT may seem distant and these first lessons straightforward and somewhat introductory, it’s of the utmost importance that you gain a solid understanding of these initial concepts. The methods in the class build upon themselves. These first few lessons provide the foundation for everything to come; not fully understanding validity or logical force will do more than interfere with your success on Must Be True questions, it will destroy your ability to spot a flawed argument, much less strengthen/weaken one, not to mention finding sufficient and necessary assumptions.

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Wake Up Early and Follow These Best LSAT Practices

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.

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The Countdown Begins: 8 Weeks Until the October LSAT

So the two-month countdown timer has started ticking. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in, deal with the freakout, maybe do a shot or two, and then come back to the computer.

Done?

Maybe another shot is in order.

For some of you, the studying is well under way. For others, the process has just begun. No matter what the case, it’s important to have a plan for the last two months to get the most out of the time left. Because every point on the LSAT translates to a better school and/or more scholarship money. And isn’t that what law school is all about? Cold, hard, smelly cash.

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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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Feeling Overwhelmed with Your LSAT Studying?

Studying for the LSAT is wicked hard. So when you take a prep-course, it shouldn’t be surprising that you spend insane amounts of time both coming to class and doing the homework. It sucks, but it’s necessary. If you want to make your score stand apart from the rest you have to work for it. The people who don’t come to class and don’t do the homework are generally the people who don’t see that big of score improvements. So you can’t fall behind. And there are a few things you can do to help make sure you stay on top of everything.

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Standardized Test Showdown

I hope you would never experience this, but the sad truth is you may come across an “off day” every now and then where you find yourself unmotivated to study the LSAT (hard to believe, I know). If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation, I would suggest you find your inspiration in an unexpected place – the GRE. I had the misfortune of taking the GRE last week and never before have I been so thankful to teach the LSAT. Few things in life help you appreciate what you have, more than seeing how bad it is elsewhere (like how 10 minutes of Everybody Loves Raymond makes Modern Family seem like a masterpiece of modern television cinema).

And you should consider yourself similarly lucky – of all the standardized tests, you are fortunate to be faced with the LSAT and not some other standardized scrapheap.