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Using Tech to Study Smarter

The Obama campaign revolutionized political fundraising by making a simple switch: allowing the data to decide instead of the people. They ran hundreds of experiments on different minute variations in how they presented their fundraising asks until they came up with the best formula.

You can do the same thing for yourself by using online study tools like the ones Blueprint has developed. While we naturally think our tools are the best, these tips apply to any system of tools you might find or be using.

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Your Final Weeks of Study, Logic Games Edition

A couple days ago, we covered how to work on Reading Comprehension as you shift from learning the basics to reviewing and working on timing. Yesterday, we took a look at Logical Reasoning. So, you guessed it, today’s all about those games.

The first step is similar: identify your weaknesses and address them. If there are any types of games that you just don’t feel comfortable with, now’s your time to go over them.

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Your Final Weeks of Study, Logical Reasoning Edition

Yesterday, we covered how to brush up on the Reading Comprehension section in the final weeks before the June LSAT. Today, we’ll talk about how to handle the Logical Reasoning section in the coming weeks.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the basic strategy is the same: First, identify weaknesses; then work on your speed and endurance.

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How to Review a Practice Exam

When you finish a 3.5 hour-long practice test, the last thing you want to do after scoring it is to go over the questions you got wrong. But reviewing practice tests is ridiculously important. It’s as valuable as taking the practice tests in the first place, if you go about it strategically.

First of all, don’t review your test right after you score it. You’re tired and frustrated – at least in my personal experience. I recommend reviewing each test the next day.

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It’s Thanksgiving. You still have to study.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, for those of you not in Canada. The December LSAT is coming up ten days from now. If you’re studying for the LSAT, this weekend may seem like a disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t have to be.

You need to get some studying in. That’s a given. But you need some time off, too. It’s good for your LSAT score if you can get your mind off the test now and then.

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When Should You Start Studying for the LSAT?

You always want to be prepared. When you walk into a test, you want to be so familiar with the material that nothing could surprise you. Even if the test-makers try to throw you a curveball, you want to be so prepared you can just nod knowingly and say “That’s a curveball” and hit a Reggie Jackson moon shot. It’s important that you be prepared when you take the LSAT and, just as important, that you feel prepared.

So proactive students should start thinking in advance about how much time they’ll need to feel ready on test day. For some people, two months of studying suffices. Others – depending on study habits, learning styles, and schedules – will need more time. If you think two months might not be enough, it’s wise to start studying sooner.

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How to Use the Weekend before the June LSAT

It’s the weekend before the June LSAT. What to do? What to do? Pretty much nothing. You should definitely take Sunday off, but I think it’s probably a good idea to take most or all of Saturday off too.

You cannot cram for the LSAT. There are precious few things to memorize for the LSAT (exceptions: game types, flaws, and formal logic indicators) and if you didn’t memorized them at least a month ago, trying to do so now won’t help much. Over the past several months you’ve trained yourself to think like a logician. You need to take a break. Try to relax by doing whatever it is that you normally do to relax. At the very least, get plenty of sleep.

Once you’ve put some distance between yourself and the LSAT you’ll be in better shape to think about whether you should actually go through with taking the thing.

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How the LSAT is Like Grilling

It wouldn’t be a proper Memorial Day if you weren’t standing near an open flame, sweating your butt off and thanking the good Flying Spaghetti Monster that summer is finally here. It also wouldn’t be a proper Memorial Day if you didn’t spend at least a little while studying for the June LSAT, and praying

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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.