Tag Archive: plan

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The Final LSAT Push: A Week-By-Week Plan

It’s four weeks to the day until the June LSAT. Once you start breathing again, let’s look at what you should be doing to prepare, week by week.

This Week
Finish with the new material. If there’s anything on the LSAT you haven’t covered yet, now’s the time. You’ll need time to review and practice, so get new concepts out of the way first.

Weeks Two and Three
Timed practice, practice tests, and review. Once you’ve gone through everything new, you need to refine your approach. If there’s anything you studied a while back that you’re still a bit hazy on, it’s time to solidify your approach.

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How Not to Study for the LSAT

If you’re studying for the LSAT, your best bet is to approach your LSAT prep with an understanding of how the concepts you’re being tested on fit together. Your goal is to learn the fundamental skills first, and build up from there with layers of increasing complexity. You can check out our previous blog post on how to structure your Logical Reasoning prep if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

However, we are living in the age of unbridled individual expression, and people really like to do LSAT prep their own way. Here are some of the more awful ways that students approach the LSAT.

Do nothing but practice tests
Nothing but practice tests isn’t helpful for the vast majority of students.

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My First LSAT: Cut Through the B.S.

From time to time, we ask a Blueprint instructor to reflect on his or her experiences studying for the LSAT. Today we welcome Robert Seaney of New York. To read past installments, click here.

Everyone’s approach to the LSAT is going to be a little bit different. When I began my studies, I was told that you just have to figure out which is the experimental section (good luck…), and spend that 35 minute segment sneakily going back to answer the scored questions. I was told by others that Reading Comprehension is specifically designed to be completable only for those who know how to speed-read; a two-time 180 scorer told me that the key is in meditation; and a dubious gentleman studying at Florida Coastal insisted that you really don’t even need to study.

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If You’re Just Starting to Study for the LSAT…

We don’t mean to scare anyone, but as of today, there are exactly two months until the June LSAT.

If you’re planning on taking the LSAT in June but haven’t started preparing yet, it’s not too late – but you’ll need to start studying, like, today. If you haven’t decided on a study method yet, check out our run-down of your options, do some research, and try to sign up or purchase materials ASAP. (A side note for those interested in Blueprint LSAT Prep’s live course: although most of our classes have started already, it’s not too late to sign up! Contact our office for assistance in getting up to speed.)

Two months is generally plenty of time to prepare for the LSAT, but you’ll need to study for the LSAT like it’s your job over the next couple months, so clear your calendar and tell your friends you’ll see them after June 8th.

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Staying Positive While You Study

The LSAT can be discouraging. Getting ten percent of the questions wrong puts you roughly in the top one percent of a self-selected group of people who have been to college and gone so far as to consider law school. That means it’s a hard test. No one is immune to the LSAT’s frustrations, but it’s important to stay positive as you study.

Negative thoughts only get in the way. When you doubt whether you can really tackle the LSAT, you’re fighting your own thoughts as well as the LSAT. The LSAT is enough on its own. Don’t make it even harder.

As you study, break things down into pieces. Get your score out of your head. Focus on whatever concept you’re studying and on that concept alone. Your goal should be to really understand whatever little thing you’re working on.

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Studying While You’re “Sick”

Drinking green beer is always regrettable. Green vomit is even worse. If you partook in yesterday’s emerald festivities, there’s a good chance you’re not feeling your best today. Let’s take this chance to discuss studying for the LSAT when you’re “under the weather.”

It may be hard to believe right now, but this morning’s misery will pass. Save the LSAT studying for when you don’t have a pounding headache and a stomach that feels like it’s in full-blown rebellion against every other organ in your body.

The same goes for other brief illnesses. You’ll learn better when you can really focus on what you’re doing. So it’s just fine to give yourself a little break and take time to get yourself better. Once the worst is over, get back to studying hard.

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You Bombed the September LSAT… What Now?

We here at Most Strongly Supported hope that all of our readers awaiting a September LSAT score received good news this week. However, sometimes – for whatever reason – a score might fall short of your hopes and expectations. If you are in that unfortunate position, you may be trying to decide what your next steps should be.

This post is for you, my friend.

If your LSAT score wasn’t what you hoped, you may be considering whether to retake the test in December. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you make that decision:

1. When are you applying?

Let’s get one potential objection to retaking out of the way: the December LSAT will still allow you to apply during this admissions cycle.

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For the December LSAT, Planning Ahead Is Key

It may still be October, but I’d like you to flash forward and imagine Sunday, November 30th. It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so you’ll be stuffed with turkey, turducken, tofurkey, or some Frankenstein combination of the three. You’ll have had a few days off of school or work to spend with family and friends.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But what if I told you that the December LSAT will be six days away? And, if you’re in school, finals will be impending, too. Imagine feeling like you still have lots of LSAT studying you need to do. Plus, you have a bunch of schoolwork that needs to get done. Now. Or you’ll fail. And your law school applications are lurking in the background. Worst of all, your family is threatening to disown you because you barely even acknowledged them over your plate of tofurkey.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.3.14

The 10-week LSAT prep plan from Blueprint and Ann Levine. Law School Expert

3 more law school study tips. I’ll add a fourth: reading with sunglasses on will really “cool” up your study time. Law School Toolbox

California’s worst-performing law school illustrates the moral hazard of federal student loans. City Journal

The University of Toldeo Law School is lowering tuition to attract more students. Unfortunately still located in Toldeo, though. Toledo Blade

“Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow.” BEST. HEADLINE. EVER. Gadling

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How to Start Studying for the December LSAT

The September LSAT has come and gone. Once everyone decides whether to cancel, all that will be left to do is wait until LSAC releases the scores.

Accordingly, let’s turn our attention toward the December LSAT. Classes have begun, and if you’re shooting for the December administration, it’s time to get your studying in gear.

Here are some pointers as you get started.

Start Studying Now
It’s easy to procrastinate when the LSAT seems far away. It’s coming up sooner than you think. To be exact, you have just a little more than nine weeks until the big day.