Tag Archive: lsat strategy

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Why You Should Have Some “Fun” This Labor Day…Remember That Word?

Happy long weekend everyone! If you’re studying for the upcoming LSAT, you might find it a little bit difficult to take a day off. This post is meant to help you make the most of studying on Labor Day (while maybe still having some fun). I’m also going to touch briefly on my approach to days off more generally.
Now, before we go any further, please don’t be the person that brings an LSAT book to a Labor Day barbecue. You don’t want to be that person. Also, please don’t be the person who only talks about the LSAT. You don’t want to be that person either. With that said, there are a couple things I would recommend doing to get the most out of your (hopefully) abbreviated studies on Labor Day.

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Finding Balance on the LSAT

The other day I was slacklining in the park (of course if you’re not from Berkeley or happen to be similarly surrounded by hordes of hippies, you probably have no idea what that means – think tight rope walking meets trampolining ), trying to teach my friend how to walk the line, when suddenly I was struck by the similarities between learning to slackline and learning the LSAT. Sure, at first glance they may seem like polar opposites – one is a “sport” practiced by unkempt hippies that gets you nowhere except a position of prominence among the flower children, the other a dreaded requirement for law school that could result in a true position of prominence – but upon closer inspection, there is much to learn from slacklining (even beyond any clichés about needing to get up and try again after falling off).

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Feeling Overwhelmed with Your LSAT Studying?

Studying for the LSAT is wicked hard. So when you take a prep-course, it shouldn’t be surprising that you spend insane amounts of time both coming to class and doing the homework. It sucks, but it’s necessary. If you want to make your score stand apart from the rest you have to work for it. The people who don’t come to class and don’t do the homework are generally the people who don’t see that big of score improvements. So you can’t fall behind. And there are a few things you can do to help make sure you stay on top of everything.

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Getting Started: Early Issues with Reading Comp

During the last few lessons I’ve spent with my current class (whom I love unconditionally), a few issues have arisen as we worked through Reading Comprehension passages. The culmination was the moment when I was asked the following question:

“If I don’t understand the words, what should I do?”

You might assume that there is no answer to such a question, but you would be wrong. Over the years of teaching the LSAT, I have found that there is an answer to every question, a solution to every problem that students confront.

So here are a few tips that deserve repeating.

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Diagramming Conditional Statements on the LSAT

The LSAT is a rough test, and one of the roughest things that the LSAT tests is your conditional statement aptitude. Sufficiency and necessity are all over the test, and the LSAT often requires you to diagram such things. It’s daunting at first, but diagramming is definitely something that can be mastered on the LSAT. Below are specifics of the test that people struggle with, and some corresponding tips.

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Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know is on the LSAT Vol. 1

Studying for the LSAT takes up an incredible amount of time.  You literally spend hundreds of hours learning about dinosaurs, sea turtles, and cryptozoological marsupials.  And you can’t help but remembering some of the more interesting nuggets you learn along the way.  Knowing that you’re gaining a wealth of useless trivia is one of the things that makes studying for the LSAT slightly more bearable.  Sadly, you can’t always trust logical reasoning as a source of unbiased (i.e., non-made-up) factoids.  But often the subject matter is true, as well.  Starting today, I’m going to look at some of the more interesting bits of real information that the LSAT has given us over the years.

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Three Weeks Until The October LSAT: Not a Good Time to Quit Smoking

It seems that I always start these things with how far we are from the LSAT, so for the sake of consistency WE’RE LESS THAN THREE WEEKS FROM THE LSAT.  But now it’s sort of relevant, because I’m here to give some advice for what not to do in these final smattering of days.  And what is that?  Basically, anything that makes you unhappy.  Wait, what? Yes! The LSAT is extremely responsive to your mood and disposition, so you want to be living in your happy place as often as possible.  What I mean to say, basically, is that now is not the time to give up your vices.

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Deep Existentialism: Why the LSAT Exists

At this point in your LSAT studying, there’s a halfway decent chance you’ve already cried a couple of times. You’ve probably become a much angrier driver. You’ve almost certainly had more conversations about the direction of your life during these past few months than you’ve had throughout all the lazy, drunken days of college.

That’s all within the bounds of normal, but according to me, all that stress and turmoil boils from one question: Why does the LSAT exist?

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Down the Home Stretch: 40 Days Before the October LSAT

It’s getting to be that time again.  The time when you realize that the LSAT is LESS THAN SIX WEEKS AWAY, OH JESUS.  That’s right, there’s a mere 40 days until the most important test you will ever take.  But fear not, for 40 days is actually quite a bit of time.

If you haven’t started studying at all, you’re in a far from ideal situation.  All is not lost – if you really hit the books now, and work for hours and hours per day, you can still improve a lot by the October 9th.  But it’s not going to be easy.  Unless you have overflowing rivers of time, you should strongly consider studying for December instead.  If you could score significantly higher then, that would more than outweigh any advantage afforded by being able to apply early with an October score.

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LSAT Test Centers Filling up Fast: Sign up Now

The LSAT is fast approaching.  I know, I know, it’s actually over two and a half months away.  And it might be hard to classify that as “fast approaching.”  If you’ve only just begun studying, you still have plenty of time to master the test.  You could even start a few weeks from now and, if you can put in the time, be able to fully prepare.  But there’s one thing that, like doing your taxes and getting that lump checked out, you absolutely should not put off.  And that’s signing up for the LSAT.