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Tips to Improve Your LSAT Study Habits (and LSAT Score)

LSAT prep season is getting in full swing. This winter, per usual, was a quiet time in the pre-law world; few people sit for the February LSAT, and there’s a lull of activity in the early months of the year. But after a busier spring of June LSAT prep, even more people are gearing up for the October. So what should you do if you’re planning on taking the test in a few months? Well, this may sound obvious, but you should study. You should study frequently, you should study well, you should study regularly. You should study.

LSAT Study Tip I: Do the work

For those of you taking an LSAT prep course, whether online or in-person, it’s not enough to just do the lessons.

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3 More LSAT Prep Lessons Learned from the World Cup

This past weekend, Mario Goetze’s extra time goal propelled Germany to a 1-0 victory over Argentina and concluded one of the most memorable World Cups in history. Now that the tournament is over, there are a variety of LSAT-related lessons that can be gleaned by reflecting on the events of the tournament.

LSAT Prep Lesson #1 from the World Cup: Preparation is Key

Before Germany faced Argentina in the final, they thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal. It would be easy to attribute this result to an epic meltdown on the part of Brazil; however, the match is more indicative of Germany’s commitment to thorough preparation. From the start of the match, the German players put themselves in a position to deal with the speed and aggressiveness of Brazil’s individualized approach.

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Looking Back at the Government Shutdown’s LSAT Flaws

Last week, the United States House and Senate finally managed to get past their differences and reopen the federal government just before things would have become a bit hairy with the debt limit. All told, the shutdown went on for 17 days, and involved lots of frustration, brinksmanship, and flawed logic. Since this is an LSAT blog, the last part is what we’ll focus on here.

Government Shutdown Flaw I:

“Since the government was shut down, and running the government costs money, we must have at least saved money in this whole affair.”

This is what I think calling the shutdown a “slimdown” is intended to imply.

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Avoid Burning Out as the October LSAT Deadlines Loom

Want to hear a scary story?

There are two more weeks until the deadline to sign up for the October LSAT.

If you think there’s even a chance that you might want to sign up for the October LSAT, you should sign up today. Right now. You can always withdraw from the test in advance, and it won’t even show up on your law school applications; you might forfeit the money you spent on signing up, but that’s way better than feeling ready in October but being forced to wait until the December LSAT.

For those of you who are already signed up for the October LSAT, you’re probably deep into your studying, starting to get things figured out, maybe even feeling cautiously optimistic.

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How Judo Training is a Lot Like Studying for the LSAT

In my past life I did a fair amount of judo, which is a kind of wrestling sport. It is not a “martial art”. Martial means something like “appropriate for war;” judo was created as a sport from the start, but that’s a long story. Now that I work as an LSAT prep instructor I’ve realized that LSAT prep and training for judo have a ton in common.

How Judo is Like LSAT Prep I: Bad Habits are Difficult to Undo

Many people who do judo started out by learning a lot of things incorrectly. They then spend years trying to undo their awful habits, while someone who never developed these bad habits can surpass them very quickly.

The same thing happens with the LSAT.

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Belated Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the LSAT Student’s Dad

While Father’s Day is in the rearview, it’s never too late to do something nice for Dad. If you’re an LSAT student, you’ve given Dad a set off worries beyond that of the average offspring. What might the father of an LSAT student like for Father’s Day? Let’s have a look:

LSAT Student Father’s Day Gift Idea I: Law School Tuition

If you’re like most LSAT students, you’re going to run to Pops, hat in hand, asking for help paying for law school (and probably Mom too). And who could blame you? Law school ain’t cheap. Wouldn’t it be grand if Dad could just win the lottery and throw all that worry out the window? Law school tuition for Dad is like a husband buying his wife lingerie. Sure, it’s technically a gift for the wife, but it’s really a gift for the husband.

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Add Points to Your LSAT Score by Chewing Gum: Study

A recent study found a correlation between chewing gum consumption and test performance, and concluded that mastication-induced arousal causes improved performance — especially in the latter stages of a sustained task along the lines of, oh, say, an LSAT section.

Before any LSAT students shout that there’s a causal flaw, note that the study eliminated some alternate causes. The researchers split the subjects into a masticating group and a control group, which argues against any potential reversal of cause and effect. In other words, it seems unlikely that this is all because people who are better at tests like to chew gum. In a previous study, the subjects achieved the same benefits from sugar-free gum, so it doesn’t appear to be a case of a simple sugar high.

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Things LSAT Students Should Do Before the World Ends

If you’ve recently submitted your law school applications you’re probably anxiously awaiting to hear back from your various dream schools. Your preoccupation with pending law school decisions can be so extreme that it becomes downright debilitating. The stress of waiting for admittance decisions may be preventing you from being a normal, productive human being. Many pre-law students around the country might even be wondering if they fit the criteria for a prescription to some OCD medication. Before we get too carried away, allow me to put things into perspective:

The world is going to end on December 21, 2012…

…at least according to the Mayan calendar. See, don’t you feel better? Instead of worrying about getting rejected by a law school, all you have to worry about is a violent apocalypse.

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LSAT Logical Fallacies From Last Night’s VP Debate

The current presidential campaign has been rife with material for fact-checkers, comedians, and informal logicians, and last night’s vice presidential debate was no exception. Congressman Paul Ryan prepared for the debate by getting jacked, while Vice President Joe Biden underwent emergency surgery to make his smile even bigger. While pundits on the left argue that Biden clearly won on the issues, the right claims that his demeanor was rude and condescending, which voters will hold against him and President Obama.

Rather than focus on who actually won the debate (who cares?!) we should instead be discussing all of the awesome and ridiculous statements made by each candidate. While the debate was full of non-logical fallacies, such as extreme hyperbole (Congressman Ryan claiming that we are “watching on our TV screens…the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy”) and just plain falsehood (VP Biden stating that the intelligence community “had no knowledge” that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had not requested additional security), there were also plenty of logical fallacies.

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4 Ways to Pay for the October LSAT Fee

The October LSAT is still over two months away, but it’s time to register at a testing center near you, if you haven’t already done so. Don’t procrastinate, because all LSAT testing centers are not created equal. Some testing center are known for being spacious and comfortable, while others are infamous for packing two hundred students into a crammed lecture hall, so do some research and find out which is the best LSAT testing center near you.

Also, if you’re taking the LSAT on a university campus, be careful to make sure that there will be no tailgating on your testing campus that day, as the October LSAT falls on college football game day. The sound of keg-stands and collegiate marching bands might be something you want to avoid. Testing centers can fill up fast, so register for the October LSAT now and get your first choice.