It’s summertime, and the studying is heating up.

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It’s a wonderful time of year. The days are long. The weather is warm. Lots of Blueprint classes for the September LSAT are starting up. If you’re starting class this week, here’s what to expect.

It’s going to be challenging. You’ll be learning new concepts and techniques in class. The instructor is going to call on you. Don’t worry — we don’t bite. Also be forewarned that some of the topics covered in the early classes are tricky for lots of students. Those topics are in the early classes because they’re foundational and the skills you learn will apply to a variety of questions on the LSAT. Some of those questions are hard. But you can do it.

It’s going to take a serious time commitment. Merely showing up to class and participating isn’t enough. You’re going to take the LSAT on your own. To prepare for that, you have to practice on your own. Class will give you the foundation, but it falls to you to internalize the methods and sharpen your skills. Expect to put in an hour or two of homework per hour of class. It’s important not only that you do the homework but also that you review it carefully to understand where you go wrong and correct your logic.

It’s not going to pay off right away. If you were to take a full practice test after a couple weeks of class, the results probably wouldn’t be pretty. So don’t. It’s important that you devote the early weeks of class to learning new skills and really getting them down. If you have to go slow, that’s fine. In fact, resist the temptation to try to speed up. The time for that is later, once you have the fundamentals down.

But:

It’s going to be fun. You probably don’t see the LSAT that way now. But it’s our job to make class an enjoyable experience. There’s always plenty to mock on the LSAT. When you do your homework, you get to make progress through the Greatest Chain of Being. Trust me, if there’s anything that can make homework fun, we’re on it. And before long, you may even find the LSAT itself fun. Your friends will worry about you, but that’s their problem.

It’ll pay off. If all you do is show up in class, you’re unlikely to progress very much. But if you put in time doing the homework, doing it consistently and carefully, and you take the practice tests, you’re putting yourself in line for a serious score increase. Before you know it, you’ll be off in law school and the LSAT will be but a distant memory.

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