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5 Keys to Successfully Studying for the LSAT

Posted by Jayeeta Kundu on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

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There are many ways to study for the LSAT effectively.  You can study on your own with prep books or online LSAT courses, take a prep class,  or hire a private LSAT tutor.  However, regardless of which option you choose, you should almost certainly be taking the below five steps to best prepare for the LSAT:

1. Take a timed, full-length practice test

  • This is the best way to get a sense of your starting point.
  • Your score does NOT matter, the point is to really assess yourself.
  • This is the best way to see your strengths and weaknesses.
    • Can you set up a logic game effectively?
    • Is time going to be an issue?
    • How well do you understand what the logical reasoning questions are asking?
  • If you work with a tutor, a timed practice test serves as the basis of developing an effective study plan. 

 

2. Choose the right study materials – Official LSAC materials

  • LSAC, the writers of the LSAT, have made the June 2007 test available for free. It’s downloadable here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/pdfs/sampleptjune.pdf
    • If you don’t have other LSAT materials already purchased, start with this test.
  • Use real LSAT prep materials published by the LSAC as much as possible.
  • LSAC’s The Official LSAT SuperPrep is the best book for getting solid LSAT advice and practice.
  • PowerScore’s “Bibles” are a good place to build your foundation.

 

3. Create a study plan early in the process

  • Start as early as possible!!
  • A good study plan has at least 8 weeks of study time before your LSAT exam.
  • Start by focusing on your weakest section and build your skills.
    • Spend at least a week building your skills on this section before moving to the next area.
  • Create an actual plan and STICK TO IT!
    • Write out what you want to accomplish on a weekly basis.
    • Hold yourself to this schedule.
  • Have a routine.
    • Study for a set amount of time each day if possible, but at least 3 times a week.
    • The more practice you get, the better you will do!

 

4. Once you’re comfortable with your foundation, take real LSAT exams.

  • LSAC publishes the following books with full-length Real LSAT exams:
    • 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
    • 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
    • The Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
    • 10 New Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
  • These are all real LSAT exams and LSAT questions.  This is the real thing, not “like” the real thing, as so many other LSAT study guides are.

 

5. Be REALISTIC!

  • You can’t cram for the LSAT in a week, so don’t try. You’ll just be frustrated.
  • You probably don’t have 10 hours a week to study, so don’t set up a plan that requires this.
  • It’s better to study 30 minutes every day than have a weekly 5 hour cram session.
  • Your score will improve with practice and time. Don’t expect miracles overnight.
  • Any improvement is an achievement! Be proud of any increase in your score from week to week. 
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