Tag Archive: Tips

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The Home Stretch

The LSAT is this Saturday. Here’s what you should do in your last week of LSAT prep.

1. Focus on Logic Games

If you aren’t getting all or nearly all of the Logic Games questions right, your best bet for improvement in this final stretch is to devote most of your time to Logic Games. It’s much easier to see improvements in a short amount of time on Logic Games than any other section.

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The LSAT is Coming…dun dun dun

We’re just a few months away from the October LSAT, which means that our courses are ABOUT TO GO DOWN. If you’ve made the (right) decision to sign up with us, we’ve listed some tips to help you get the most out of your course and also some vital life-saving tips that’ll prevent you from totally sh*tting on yourself on that first day. We get it. It happens.

First, a bit about myself. Two years ago, I was gearing up to take an LSAT prep class with Blueprint. I was lucky enough to have Matt Riley as my instructor (he’s one of the founders of Blueprint—he is a fantastic teacher and a great guy). After completing the class and taking the LSAT, I landed a job as an instructor for Blueprint. I taught for a little while before accepting an offer of admission from Columbia. I am now gearing up to begin my second year there! All of that to say, I know the Blueprint course method from both the perspective of a student and the perspective of an instructor. Consider yourself a lucky reader.

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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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Last Minute Tips: Logical Reasoning

With less than three weeks until the June LSAT, it’s time to buckle down on studying. This week we’re offering one important last-minute tip for each LSAT section. In the last two days, we’ve looked at Reading Comprehension and Logic Games; today we’re talking Logical Reasoning.

The Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT can present an especially good opportunity to tweak your approach in the final weeks of prep. Why? Because many test-takers continually struggle with the same type of Logical Reasoning questions. It may be difficult to identify a pattern until you’ve taken a couple of practice exams, but once you have that practice under your belt, go back and look at all the questions you got wrong (or guessed correctly but didn’t know) on those tests.

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Reading Comprehension: Focus on Structure or Content?

The Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT is all about…reading comprehension. With that tautology aside, many students find it difficult to strike the proper balance between reading for detail and reading for structure.  Striking this balance is essential for the kind of comprehension that the LSAT tests students on. This post is dedicated to helping you develop the skills to quickly gain both a macro and micro understanding of the stimulus, which will allow you to work through the questions effectively and efficiently.

1. Know What You’re Looking For
If you’re just starting out on the LSAT, this first tip is probably a little bit frustrating because it’s not immediately apparent.

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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.

Logical Reasoning
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.

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How to Improve Your LSAT Speed and Endurance

With two weeks and change before the February LSAT, it’s tempting to think that there’s no room for improvement. (Maybe not tempting, but nearly unavoidable.) However, the vast majority of studiers can still improve – even in the week before the test.

Up until this point, you’ve likely been focusing on learning how to answer questions correctly. That, obviously, is pretty important. The trick is translating that ability into answering enough questions correctly in 35 minutes to get the score you want. To do that, you need to master the twin arts of speed and endurance.

Let’s take the latter first.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.14.15

A) Check out our February LSAT Tips over at the Ivey Files.

B) An aspiring law student documents the start of her “Journey to a JD.” Ms. JD

C) Not thinking through why you want to go to law school can result in mid-career crisis. Above The Law

D) A 16-year old programmer is determined to show you where political funding comes from. When I was 16, I was determined to get the coolest puka shell necklace. The Higher Learning

E) You may not be happy with your LSAT score yet, but at least you’re not one of these bodybuilders arguing about how many days are in a week. Death and Taxes

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Welcome to the February LSAT

Now that the December LSAT is behind us, the LSAT circle of life continues as we turn our attention to the February LSAT. In fact, here at Blueprint LSAT Prep, many of our winter classes are beginning this week. To our young grasshoppers: welcome to the next couple months of your life! Regardless of what method you’re using for your LSAT prep, if you’re just beginning now, here’s what you should know:

1. Studying for the LSAT is probably a bigger time commitment than you think.
I tell my students that studying for the LSAT is essentially a part-time job unto itself. Once your studying is in full swing, you’ll be spending easily 15 hours a week (and likely more than that) just on studying for the LSAT.

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One Last Minute Tip for Each LSAT Section

The LSAT is two days away. To quell some of your anxiety, we’re bringing you a quick tip for each section of the LSAT.

Logical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning is dominated by the Operation family. Strengthen, Weaken and Necessary questions will make up the bulk of your test. Your key to success is to find the main point and focus on it. That’s what you’re trying to strengthen or weaken. That’s where the assumption becomes apparent. If you don’t know what the main point is, you’re gonna have a bad time. So this Saturday, for each Operation question, please find the main point.

Logic Games
At this point, you’re about as good at Logic Games as you’re going to be. However, things may go horribly, terribly, awfully wrong if you fail to double check your rules.