Thinking about the June LSAT? Wondering if it’s too early to start studying?
Classes start in March, and while a month of LSAT study time to get a head start may sound like a good idea, practicing before learning the proper approach can just reinforce bad habits and leave you worse off than not studying at all. Wait ‘till March; you’ll still have 3 months of class to study and prepare, and that’s more than enough time to learn the LSAT, and certainly more time than you should want to spend with the LSAT anyway.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things that you can do in the meantime (like getting used to one of the LSAT’s secret weapons – the double negative). Here are two activities that have a good carryover to performance on the exam and can be practiced already to help lay a solid foundation for your LSAT study:
Read. You may think you know how to read, but the LSAT will make you doubt it, as you reread a convoluted paragraph about polyps’ feeding behavior for the third time just to wrap your head around the ideas. Close reading of complex material is one of the most important skills on the LSAT. The test is written to confuse you, with complex sentence structure, abstract ideas, and the difference between the right and wrong answer often hinging on just one word, whether it said “only the” or “the only.” So start reading as much as you can, of the densest writing you can find. The Economist articles work great for this, plus you get to look smart reading The Economist. Academic articles from any field also work well, in fact the more foreign the subject matter to you the better. Make sure you go slow and try and summarize what you read.
Sudoku. Logic games are the bane of many a LSAT student’s study – unlike anything you’ve encountered before; they will be unfamiliar and intimidating. But Sudoku can help. This suggestion may be controversial, but I believe there is a high carryover of skill from Sudoku to Logic Games. They often follow a very similar deductive process, at least with the harder Sudoku, so it should help lay the foundation for the thought process of logic games. Most newspapers have them and you can find them easily online, so start playing around with some.
Lastly, don’t forget to sign-up for a Blueprint LSAT class, and while you’re at it, you should sign-up for the LSAT too – avoid being placed on a waitlist and sign-up early. And then March will be here before you know it, bringing the beginning of your journey through the logic of the LSAT. Good times ahead.