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Study: LSAT Prep with Blueprint Makes You Smarter

A study in neuroanatomy from UC Berkeley using students from Blueprint LSAT Preparation classes verifies what we at Blueprint LSAT Prep have long suspected: studying for the LSAT makes you smarter*. In fact, reading the word “neuroanatomy” probably just increased your IQ at least incrementally.

The study, which exclusively used Blueprint LSAT Prep students enrolled in our in-class, three-month course of LSAT study as test subjects, found that when compared with a control group not training for the LSAT, Blueprint students exhibited “decreases in radical diffusivity (RD) in white matter connecting frontal cortices, and in mean diffusivity (MD) within frontal and parietal lobe white matter.” Yeah, baby.

Um, what?

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The LSAT Prep Adventures of Cecilia Tsoukalos: Time Out

Y’all ever seen that movie where Brad Pitt plays a soap salesman operating a terrorist cell from the basement of a dilapidated house? As much as I’ll always love Fight Club, Tyler Durden was wrong when he said you are not a unique and beautiful snowflake. Surprise: in the LSAT world you really are! As you’ve made your way through the course it’s likely that you’ve started to figure out which question types you’re consistently performing better on.

If you have your schedule organized to the second and your shoes are arranged by shoelace length, chances are you find ordering games pretty self-explanatory. If you pay attention to minute details and remember when the girl sitting next to you last wore the same outfit, you’re probably owning the Reading Comp section.

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Earn Free Dough With Blueprint’s Summer Referral Program

Blueprint’s spring LSAT prep classes are well underway, and we hope you’re having a blast and making strides in your studies. With a little over a month to go until the June LSAT, you’re still on the uphill climb of your LSAT prep — so hang in there, and you’ll be ready for LSAT test day before you know it.

In the meantime, we’ve got a new referral program going on right now that might pique your interest and the interest of anyone who’s taken one of our LSAT prep courses. That is, of course, if you like free money.

Here’s the scoop:

If you are a former Blueprint student or you are currently enrolled in one of Blueprint’s live spring 2012 LSAT prep courses and you refer a friend who signs up for one of our live summer 2012 LSAT prep courses in one of nine select locations, you’ll get a check for $200 and your friend will receive a $200 discount off the price of the LSAT class.

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Do Your Part During LSAT Prep to Help Out the Planet

Yesterday was the 33rd annual Earth Day. Few ever consider the environmental costs of studying for and taking the LSAT: paper use, getting to and from LSAT class, increased electricity use from late night studying, etc. If you’re preparing for the June LSAT, here are some ways you can do your part to help out:


Let’s face it: you’re barely leaving the house anyway. Why not take advantage and conserve water? You may well be able to save over 1,200 gallons between now and the June LSAT by forgoing showers. As an added bonus, when you take the June LSAT, your stench may depress the performance of the LSAT test takers around you, making for an easier curve and improving your LSAT score.*

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The LSAT Prep Adventures of Cecilia Tsoukalos: Ready to Run

Cecilia Tsoukalos is an employee of Blueprint LSAT Preparation’s main office. She is enrolled in one of our spring courses and has agreed to blog about her experience (under a pseudonym, of course). Catch up by reading last week’s introductory post.

We meet again, fellow LSAT prep students. As most LSAT classes are well underway (those of you in our expansion locations are a bit behind the rest of us) you may notice that we’ve moved on from book one, the dinosaur era, and are wading through bubbling lava in book two. And it only took two weeks. If anyone else is shocked at how fast it went, let’s start a club. Just know that I get to be club president because it’s my blog post, excuse my totalitarianism.

How’s about we take a look back at everything we’ve worked through thus far.

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What to Expect Out of Your LSAT Prep Class (No Foolin’)

Many of our Blueprint LSAT classes just started, or will be starting very soon. Taking an LSAT course is an important event in every growing pre-law student’s life, and people often don’t know what to expect. Will it be hard? Is there homework? Will there be snacks? Well, let me tell you.

Your LSAT class will start with an LSAT practice test, which you’ve probably already taken. It’s very important that you start your studies with an actual LSAT in this way. Doing this is a good way to acquaint yourself with the beast before you learn how to conquer it. And it’ll be fun!

April Fool’s. It’s actually going to be sort of horrible. The LSAT’s a hard test, and diving in not knowing what you’re doing will be memorable, to say the least.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.28.12

A) Blueprint is hosting a video contest on Facebook. Grand prize wins a free LSAT course, and second place wins a $400 voucher off an LSAT class. (Tip: Get your video in early. As soon as it’s approved, it can start earning votes!) Facebook.

B) What does Jeremy Lin have to do with the LSAT? Stereotype threat, of course. Time.

C) The University of Texas was recently ranked the No. 1 sexually active campus in the country. Just what do you have to say for yourselves, Austin LSAT prep students? Culture Map.

D) According to one Vermont senator, Wall Street is to blame for these high gas prices. Maybe move the stock market to a less commutable city? CNN.

E) Playboy is planning to build a strip club in space. Much like the magazine, most of the establishment’s customers are expected to be University of Texas students. The Week.

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LSAT Reading Comp Book Club I: The Introduction

Dan McCarthy is a veteran Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor who scored a 180 on his LSAT. This is the first installment of his multi-week guest series on the reading comprehension section of the LSAT.

One of the myths about the LSAT is that it’s impossible to improve your score on reading comprehension. That’s just not true. I’ve seen many students dramatically improve their reading comp performance, just as with every other section of the test. You just need some hard work and the right techniques.

That said, every myth is based on some form of truth. A significant part of what the LSAT tests in reading comp is your ability to, you know, read. And that’s something that’s built up over the long term.

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At the Starting Gate of Your LSAT Class

Blueprint classes for the February LSAT are kicking off this week, and students across the U.S. are encountering the LSAT for the first time, the start of a relationship that over the next few months will blossom (hopefully) into a full blown, Hugh Grant-worthy love affair with the logic of the LSAT.

And while the February LSAT may seem distant and these first lessons straightforward and somewhat introductory, it’s of the utmost importance that you gain a solid understanding of these initial concepts. The methods in the class build upon themselves. These first few lessons provide the foundation for everything to come; not fully understanding validity or logical force will do more than interfere with your success on Must Be True questions, it will destroy your ability to spot a flawed argument, much less strengthen/weaken one, not to mention finding sufficient and necessary assumptions.