Tag Archive: study

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My 99th Percentile LSAT Score Story: Mithun Selvaratnam

After graduating from college in 2013, I decided to study for the LSAT the following summer, with plans to take it in October. I saw a 22 point increase after 3 months of self study (153 diagnostic, 175 final score). I studied intensely for 3 months while teaching English classes to elementary and middle school students part­ time. I consistently put in 4 1/2 ­to 5 hours of studying per day with only a few days off here and there when I needed a break.

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Timing & Endurance, the Final LSAT Frontier(s)

The September LSAT is a few weeks away, and it’s time to start thinking seriously about timing and section strategy. Most Blueprint courses are wrapping up the new material around now. It’s time to review a bit and shift your focus to the big picture. Here are some tips: Start by reviewing any problem areas.

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The LSAT is all about analyzing arguments. Here are some shortcuts.

The folks at LSAC are very good at making a tricky test that (in combination with college GPA) correlates to some degree with first-year law school grades. But creative, they ain’t. As you continue studying for the LSAT, you’ll notice that the test uses the same argument structures over and over.

This is good news for you, the studious test-taker.

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Slow down there, LSAT student!

At the beginning of Blueprint LSAT Prep’s courses, many students are understandably more than a little anxious about timing. There are a whole lot of questions on that sucker; how will they ever be able to get through them all?! And, to be honest, that anxiety will likely continue for a large portion of the course. That said, it’s a bad idea to stress about how quickly you’re getting through questions during the first half (or so) of your course, and here’s why.

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So, the magical LSAT journey begins.

Studying for the LSAT is an overwhelming amount of hard work. Any LSAT prep company out there that sells it as anything LSAT — one crazy hack that lets you ace the LSAT! — is not worth its salt. Unfortunately, after teaching the Blueprint course exactly four-zillion-and-two times, I’ve found that many of my students don’t come to grips with this fact until the course is already well underway.

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How long do I study? (Video, babies, video.)

How should you spend your time? That’s a very broad question. All things being equal, we’d recommend putting in the 10,000 or so hours necessary to master the oboe. Oh, no oboe for you? Fair enough. Not many people drop by Most Strongly Supported to talk unpopular woodwind instruments.

No, instead, they drop by to talk about the LSAT and law school. Regarding the former concern, one of the most common questions we get is, “How long should I study for the LSAT?” Like most other things in life, there’s no one-size-fits-all-answer.

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It’s summertime, and the studying is heating up.

It’s a wonderful time of year. The days are long. The weather is warm. Lots of Blueprint classes for the September LSAT are starting up. If you’re starting class this week, here’s what to expect.

It’s going to be challenging. You’ll be learning new concepts and techniques in class. The instructor is going to call on you. Don’t worry — we don’t bite.