As much as we like to encourage and motivate you on your journey to law school, LSAT prep is hard and requires a major commitment. Stop me when I lie. How long should you study for the LSAT? The average student should study for at least two months at 20 hours per week. Plus, you [eventually] have to pay the application fees when you apply to law school, on top of the LSAT registration fee (plural, if you take it more than once). But before you go up to the top and close this tab because the truth hurts, continue reading to discover some great and free tools to make your studying so much more manageable.
1. A Study Playlist to Motivate You
Music has been proven to be an effective study aid. It helps with memorization and can reduce the inevitable anxiety that comes with a looming test date. There’s a ton of options out there to stream music, but we’re particular to Spotify. The basic plan is free, and you can still check out other people’s playlists. We’ve even created our own LSAT Study playlist to jam to when diagramming conditional statements (P.S. it includes Beyonce and the Spice Girls, so yeah).
2. Free LSAT Prep Bundle
Ask any veteran LSAT instructor and they’ll tell you the first place to start with your LSAT prep is by taking a practice test. Sure, you could purchase an LSAC book filled with their disclosed practice tests, take a few, and hope for the best. Or, you could sign-up for this free prep bundle that includes a practice test, detailed analytics that explain how you did, and access to webinars hosted by LSAT experts. You can even predict your chances of admission to any law school in the country using the Law School Compass.
3. Spellcheck 2.0
If you haven’t heard, the LSAT is going digital and with it comes the new LSAT Writing section. You’ll now be able to write the essay at home on your computer after you complete the test. You can start improving your writing skills now with a free Grammarly account. Grammarly not only does your basic spell and grammar checks, but also suggests ways to make your writing clearer. You can use it’s web portal or the Chrome plug-in to ensure every email and Tweet you send is the best version of itself.
4. LSAT Practice Test Timer
Practice tests are a big part of LSAT prep and, chances are, you’re going to self-proctor many of these. However, let’s be honest, who really owns a stopwatch these days? You could fiddle with your phone between sections, but fortunately, you don’t have to! Just play this video and let the timer do its thing! There’s even 5-minute and 10-second warnings built-in because you’re worth it!
5. Online To-Do List
Lists are amazing. There’s even a whole movement surrounding them. Few things feel as empowering as crossing a task off a list, but in this digital age, carrying around a notepad and pen can be impractical. Enter Wunderlist, a simple list app downloadable on your phone, computer, or tablet. It’s an easy way to keep track of your LSAT prep and everyday life, however, intense it may be.
6. Online LSAT Prep
Maybe an in-person LSAT class just isn’t for you. Maybe you’re looking for something to supplement your class. Regardless, nothing beats the convenience and effectiveness of high-quality online LSAT prep. Blueprint’s Online Anytime Course offers hundreds of hours of LSAT prep taught by a team of instructors who really know the LSAT inside and out (we wouldn’t hire them if they didn’t). It’s a monthly subscription-based plan, but click here to get your first week free with full access to literally every resource!
7. Block All Distractions
If you’re doing online LSAT prep, or even just taking a practice test, the last thing you need is the temptation to go on Facebook or add to your online shopping cart. Cold Turkey blocks you from visiting any website you specify while allowing your “safe” ones to stay open. It’s also useful for those days you want to unplug from the world and, you know, go outside.