Tag Archive: studying for the lsat

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How Judo Training is a Lot Like Studying for the LSAT

In my past life I did a fair amount of judo, which is a kind of wrestling sport. It is not a “martial art”. Martial means something like “appropriate for war;” judo was created as a sport from the start, but that’s a long story. Now that I work as an LSAT prep instructor I’ve realized that LSAT prep and training for judo have a ton in common.

How Judo is Like LSAT Prep I: Bad Habits are Difficult to Undo

Many people who do judo started out by learning a lot of things incorrectly. They then spend years trying to undo their awful habits, while someone who never developed these bad habits can surpass them very quickly.

The same thing happens with the LSAT.

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LSAT Prep Lessons You Can Learn From Tax Day

Happy Tax Day, fellow Americans. As you (should) know, today is the last day for you to send in your tax return. For many, it’s a day rife with anxiety and marked by a harried late night journey to the post office. For others, it’s a day forgotten, only to be remembered too late. For this group the consequences can be severe. Too often this group will receive notice from the IRS that they owe ol’ Uncle Sam a stack of cold hard bendy-foldies. “But I’ve already spent the money I owe,” they plead. “I have to take a job I don’t really like to pay back the money,” they squeal. These folks are not terribly different from those who forget to study (or start studying late) for the LSAT.

The LSAT is a test of skill, not knowledge. The best way to develop a skill is through flawless repetition. The later you begin your studies, the less repetition you’re able to get in. Less repetition leads to flawed technique. Flawed technique leads to lower LSAT scores.

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For March Equinox, We Ask: Is Day or Night LSAT Prep Best?

The vernal equinox is upon us! For those of us who’ve forgotten what you learned in middle school Earth Science, that means it’s the first day of spring. It also means that today, and today only, will have equal parts day and night. As we go forward, you June LSAT test-takers will get more and more daylight, but the 12/12 split we get today got us to thinking about studying for the LSAT:

Is it better to prepare for the LSAT during the bright daytime hours, or under the cover of darkness?

Let’s take a look at each one’s case…

LSAT PREP IN THE DAYTIME – A bonus right off the bat with LSAT prep in the daytime is, you never have to be in search of light.

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Blueprint LSAT Prep Courses Now iOS Compatible

By the time you finish reading this blog post, there will probably be a new iPhone. And a new iPad. And a new president.

Well, maybe not that last one.

No matter your IOS device, however, Blueprint LSAT Prep is proud to announce that our course is now compatible with it — as well as with most Android devices. It’s the next step in LSAT prep, and we’ve officially laced up our sneakers for the journey.

You can read more about Blueprint’s IOS-compatible LSAT prep and see if your device is among the compatibles. Otherwise, here’s the nitty gritty:

Whether you’re on 3G or Wi-Fi, you can now stream Blueprint LSAT Prep videos on your compatible device (iPhones, iPads, Androids).

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5 Steps to Post-October LSAT Law School Applications

Studying for the LSAT is like being in a bad relationship. It’s tiring, and it always feels like it lasts much longer that it actually does. Sometimes, it seems like the two of you are speaking a completely different language. Sometimes, you have a wonderful day, and all of those bad times just slip right away.

But, like all bad relationships, it eventually comes to an end.

For those of you who aren’t caught in the bad relationship cycle (i.e. those who didn’t cancel their October LSAT score and don’t plan to retake), this weekend ended the relationship — though don’t be surprised if it comes back to haunt you this Halloween.

And now, you have more free time than you know what to do with. All those calendar entries that used to read “LSAT studying” are now blank.

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5 Ways the Republican National Convention is Like LSAT Prep

The 2012 Republican National Convention got off to a rip-roarin’ start last night in Tampa. There are still a couple days left, of course, but for LSAT prep students there’s already plenty to take away.

Here are five ways the Republican National Convention is like LSAT prep:

How the RNC is like LSAT Prep #1: Sometimes it seems awfully confusing.

Is Mitt Romney pro-choice, or anti-choice? Does he actually like lakes as much as he says he does? Who made the decision to play “My Girl” by The Temptations when Mr. Romney appeared on stage last night? Questions such as these boggle the mind.

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Other Side Effects of LSAT Prep (Besides Making You Smarter)

Last week we covered an exciting scientific study which showed that studying with Blueprint LSAT Prep can actually make you a smarter person. For those spending their days and nights submerged in LSAT logic games, reading comp passages, and endless logical reasoning problems, it’s nice to know that all your effort has some bonus beneficial consequences on top of, you know, getting you into law school. But the rewards don’t end there! While we might not have the same academically rigorous studies to back it up, there are actually a number of other great side effects of LSAT prep that we’ve noticed. Effects such as…

Other Side Effect of LSAT Prep I: Saving You Money

Studying for the LSAT can cost a decent chunk of change, what with LSAT books, prep courses, and registering for LSAT test day.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.24.12

A) Law school SWAG isn’t cutting it. Wall Street Journal.

B) Changes to affirmative action in law school admissions could be on the way. The Volokh Conspiracy.

C) Studying for the LSAT (with Blueprint) makes you smarter. National Law Journal.

D) Mitt Romney: Birther or untimely jokester? Huffington Post.

E) A good toupee is hard to spot. Unless it’s made of water, of course. Behance.

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How to Juggle October LSAT Prep and the Start of School

There’s a little more than six weeks until the October LSAT is upon us and your law school future is determined. Well, maybe not completely determined, but how you do on October LSAT test day will be the biggest factor when it comes to which law schools you will and will not get admitted to. So you clearly should want to study as much as you can for this beast.

Unfortunately, your life may have things in it other than LSAT prep. In fact, a lot of you are probably about to start school (or already have). Juggling being a full-time student with studying for the LSAT can be difficult, but it’s totally doable. If this is the situation you find yourself in, read on!

Here are a few different things to think about regarding studying for the LSAT and going to school:

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Don’t Feel Overwhelmed by October LSAT Prep (Yet)

If you’re studying for the October LSAT, you may be beginning to wonder what you got yourself into. The LSAT is a month and a half away, you’re working hard, and you probably feel nowhere near ready for LSAT test day. To add insult to injury, if you’re in school, odds are good that classes are starting soon; you’ll have schoolwork to balance with your LSAT prep.

After you calm down and get a hold of yourself, remember that you’re not supposed to be ready for the LSAT yet. The work you’ve done so far is important, but it’s normal not to have everything together yet. You have almost 7 weeks until the October LSAT. If you’re off to a good start in your LSAT studies, that’s plenty of time to pull things together as long as you stick with it.

The LSAT can creep into your life and seem to hang over everything you do.