Tag Archive: study

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Finding an LSAT-Life Balance

If you’ve been studying for the LSAT for a while now, you may be starting to feel the strain. Let me lay out a scenario for you…

You don’t have enough time. After a long day of work, you might normally go to the gym then get dinner with a friend. But these days, you have to spend the nights unpacking logical fallacies. And since the LSAT keeps you up late you’re groggy and inefficient at work, so you have to stay after hours to keep from falling behind. You skip the gym again, and it’s another late night of Logical Reasoning. You call your friends to back out of Saturday’s Dodgers game as you run your thumb along the hundreds of pages of study material awaiting you.

Meanwhile, your brain is in manic LSAT-mode all the time and you can’t ever relax.

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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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How to Review LSAT Questions

In my non-LSAT life, I’m a musician. And for a musician, hearing a recording of yourself can be an edifying but horrifying experience. You might ask, “I really sound like that?”

But here’s the thing. You can clamp your nose shut with a clothespin whenever you go to the bathroom, but that don’t mean your **** don’t stink. If you’re going to improve your skills, you need to know which skills need improvement.

That’s the importance of review as an LSAT student. If you do the homework, get most of them right, pat yourself on the back and move on, you won’t improve much. There’s a lot to be learned from the ones you missed, even if it may be scary to confront those questions.

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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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What To Do When You Backslide

While preparing for the LSAT, you may find that you’ve suddenly mastered a section of the test that you’d been having problems with, resulting in a rapid score increase in a very short period of time. This is wonderful, and will confirm many things you suspected were true: you are a genius, you are as charismatic as Chris Pratt, and you are destined to clerk for and become BFFs with the Notorious RBG.

And then you might find that, after a week of riding high, you’re getting answers wrong in the section you thought you’d conquered and your score backslides. This will make you question many things: Were you really switched at birth with a better, LSAT wizard of a baby? Is the Earth actually flat?  And just how notorious is RBG anyway?

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What I Learned From Bombing the LSAT

As part of a continuing series of LSAT diaries, new Blueprint instructor Andrew Kravis tells us about the lessons he learned from his first LSAT. Find thoughts from two other instructors in Part 1 and Part 2.

The first time I took the LSAT, I was 19. It was the fall of my junior year of undergrad at the University of Michigan, and I was set to graduate the following spring with an English degree and a foggy idea of what I wanted to do with my life. As an insecure kid who measured his self-worth entirely on the basis of academic performance, naturally I locked in on applying to master’s programs. I researched the best schools for comparative literature and queer theory, booked campus visits, and set dates to take the GRE and the GRE Subject Test in Literature in English.

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My Best LSAT Advice: Watch It!

Today we welcome a new blog contributor, Los Angeles Blueprint instructor Alex Connolly, who shares the one piece of LSAT advice he wishes he’d known as a student.

I remember a time when I was a young LSAT student. Hopeful. Naïve. Over-caffeinated. I spent most of my time at coffee shops, pounding espresso and problem sets. I was the guy sitting in the corner convulsing every time his phone timer went off. Sometimes you could hear me muttering. “No, if Xao goes first, where the heck is Yolanda gonna go? Gotta leave room for Yolanda, Alex. Don’t be an idiot.”

I wasn’t making many new friends.

If I could go back and speak to that young man, what would I tell him? What one piece of LSAT advice would I share?

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Logical Reasonings / 3.2.15

A) Three ways to boost the admissions chances of a late law school application. US News & World Report

B) Columbia is the first law school to crack $60K in annual tuition. Congratulations? Above The Law

C) How to create a study schedule for law school. About.com

D) The Justice Department is about to release a report that finds racial bias in the Ferguson police department. New York Times

E) Check out this transcript of the meeting in which George Lucas and Steven Spielberg invented Indiana Jones. No record of the 2008 meeting in which they destroyed him. Vashi Visuals

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Three More Last Minute LSAT Tips

With the February LSAT just a few days away, you should be using your remaining study time to fine-tune your approach. Hopefully by now you’ve nailed down your basic strategy for each section, but here are a few last-minute tips to help you grab an extra point or two. Of course, you won’t want to make any major changes in strategy without testing them first, but it’s probably worth giving these a try as you practice over the next couple days to see if they help.

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Underline the argument’s conclusion and refer to it while eliminating answer choices.

You’ve probably noticed in the course of your studying that a lot of incorrect answers are “outside the scope of the conclusion,” meaning that they don’t actually address the argument in question.