Earlier this week, we discussed some resolutions to help you improve your LSAT score, become fabulously wealthy, find a girl/boyfriend, and generally improve your life (non-LSAT results not guaranteed). But there are some other, smaller habits you can implement in 2019 that will help with your LSAT studying, though they won’t help so much with those other things. If you’re studying for the LSAT this year, here are some things you should consider doing:
1. Make a study plan
It’s immensely helpful to set aside the time to make a study plan detailing what you plan to do and when you’ll do it by. Plans change, of course, and your study plan doesn’t need to be set in stone — but if you set a goal of, for instance, doing two practice tests per week in February, you’re a lot more likely to actually achieve that goal than if you’re flying blind. Your plan should include lessons that you want to complete, time for doing homework, which days you intend to take practice tests, and which practice test you intend to take.
2. Keep track of questions you got wrong
If you’re not doing this already, take a moment to create a quick spreadsheet for questions you’ve gotten wrong. It should include the test, section, and question number so that you can reference the question again in the future, the question type, and the date you attempted the question. It’s also a good idea to have a column in which you note the reason you got the question wrong.
There are two primary reasons having a spreadsheet like this is beneficial. Firstly, it’s another way to help yourself identify trends, both in the types of questions you’re getting wrong and the reasons you’re getting things wrong. It’s also a good way to double check your studying; after a few weeks have passed, you should go back and re-do the questions you originally got wrong. If you’ve properly reviewed the question and made sure you understand it, you should be able to get it right on the second attempt; if you get it wrong on that second try, that’s an indicator that you need to revisit the key concepts for that question.
3. Practice diagramming
Diagramming is the LSAT equivalent of eating your vegetables: It’s not the most fun or exciting, but you should do it anyway, because it’s good for you. After all, conditional statements appear almost everywhere on the LSAT, and understanding how to validly make inferences from them is guaranteed to improve your LSAT score. So this year, resolve to dedicate time to memorizing the conditional keywords and practicing questions involving conditional reasoning.