I’ve been writing blog posts about the LSAT regularly for more than six years, and this is my last one, at least for now, as I move on to new things. It’s been fun, but I won’t bore you with stories about the olden times when logic games were on one page each and you had to bring an extra-sharp pencil to write super small in the margins.
Instead, here’s one takeaway, and it’s one you can use as a student. Sorry, I can’t stop myself.
You don’t understand something as well as you think you do until you try to explain it, especially in writing.
At this point I know I know a fair amount about the LSAT. It’s occupied much more of my brain space than is reasonable or normal. I scored a 180. I’ve taught Blueprint’s class a whole bunch of times. I feel pretty confident, in general, in how well I understand this test and in my ability to explain tricky concepts.
But I owe a lot of that to blogging. There’s something about putting words on the page that just really exposes any fuzziness in your thinking. To put an idea into words clearly, you have to know what you really mean.
You’ll never outgrow this. The blog post I wrote last week was about a concept that I felt like I could explain in a couple sentences. I had talked about it with students many times. Still, putting it into writing was more of a challenge than I anticipated and exposed some wrinkles I needed to smooth over.
What does this mean for you as a student?
Back to the point. It means you’ll benefit from explaining things. If your friend doesn’t understand something and you do, help them out. And when you review questions you’ve done, explain them in writing. Maybe you think you understand it. If you can write it down, you’ll know you do.
As strange as this may seem, I’ll miss this test. Stockholm syndrome? Anyway, good luck with your studies.
Ed.: Below, you’ll find some of our favorite posts Aaron wrote over the years