"The way your course is set up and progresses made it really easy for me to learn everything!

Mike G. - LV

 

Want to ace the LSAT? You can, and will, do well.  But you need to do the right things.

 

The LSAT is a skill test; and improving a skill takes time and practice. Ideally four to six months, less than three isn't advisable; and you will have to make LSAT studying your priority.  Here's a four-month plan of action that I generally use with my students who are absolute beginners, the basic approach is to cover all of the concepts in the first two to three months and then have at least one but preferably two months to just do tests under timed conditions and to put everything together.

 

 

The first thing we do is take an initial diagnostic test under timed conditions; this will give you: a rough idea of where you're at, an introduction to the test, and a benchmark/motivation as you're studying.

 

 Lessons 1 and 2:
 
  • Conditional Reasoning - an important type of reasoning that appears frequently in all three sections.  Learning the concepts should take only a couple of days; you'll get practice applying them as you move forward.  That's how a skill is developed, learning plus constant practice, and that'll be true for all the parts of the test. (click here for my conditional reasoning videos)
  • Reading Comprehension (passages)  - dense passages where you're asked a series of questions about what you read.  Initially we'll just focus on how to read the passages.  Each passage is an example of one of several structural variations and my approach deconstructs them.  Learning it is a quick process and for the next two to three months you'll be reading one or two passages nightly to familiarize yourself with the variations.  You'll use my online tracking system to record your progress of how long it's taking you and which variations are giving you problems.  We'll do reading comp questions at the end of the course.  (click here for my reading comp passage videos)

 

 Lessons 3 - 6:
 
  • Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)  - puzzle-like scenarios where you're asked to deduce from the relationships given.  Generally the most intimidating section  because you need to make the correct deduction to get the answer, and learning that is difficult.  For that reason, I've developed a mechanical approach that doesn't involve making any deductions and where instead you learn to evaluate the answer choices by making test diagrams.  
    • First you'll familiarize yourself with the broad variations for the different game types and practice diagramming them.  Not to learn all the possible variations in order to make deductions, but to develop a reasonably accurate picture of the different kinds of game types to confidently set up test diagrams.  My exercise set has 36 games that cover the range of types, you can also take a packet of 10 tests and diagram the games within.  Just the scenario and rules, don't touch the questions. (click here for my games setup videos)
    • After about a week we'll move on to the questions.  There are 3 basic question type categories: 1) the arrangement can be true, can be true, and can be false questions where you're making a test arrangement to find the right answer; 2) the must be true and must be false questions where you're making an arrangement to eliminate the incorrect answer; and 3) the remaining types which are much less common.  We'll take each question type individually and learn the step-by-step process for each one.  You'll go back to the exercise set and do the questions by type one at a time to internalize the process for each one.  (click here for my games questions videos)
    • Once you've finished all the questions in the exercise set I'll send you a longer set of around 65 games.  You'll be reading a reading comp passage or two per night and doing ten to fifteen games a week as you do the logical reasoning part of the course.

 

 Lessons 7 - 14
 
  • Logical Reasoning (Arguments) - short paragraph-length passages that are generally arguments where you need to analyze the reasoning.  There are roughly 15 different argument question types with somewhat different approaches for each one but the basic approach is the same: first you have to learn what an argument is and how to evaluate it and then learn how to best approach the different types, familiarizing yourself with the different variations and the criteria that the LSAC uses for right and wrong answers.
    • We'll cover the different types in each class and you'll get exercise sets to practice what we covered plus sets that present a mix of what was covered so far.  The question types are grouped into basic categories that are essentially presented from simplest to more complex, with some of the later questions incorporating concepts from some of the earlier ones. 
    • Improvement is going to come from review; you'll need to go over the questions that you got wrong or had issues with and really try and understand why the correct answer is correct and why the incorrect answer is incorrect. 
    • Once we're done with the last question type you'll move on to doing timed sections as we finish up with the reading comprehension section.  (click here for my arguments videos)

 

 Lessons 15 and 16
 
  • Reading Comprehension (questions) - In this last week we come back to the reading comp section.  You should've been reading a passage or two a night since the beginning so now we just have to get some practice doing the questions for them.  Instead of doing the questions in isolation, the best way to approach learning the questions for the reading comp section is to learn the material for them and then go back to the passages that you had been reading and start doing the questions for them.  (click here for my reading comp questions videos)

 

 Timed Tests
 
  • Preptests - This is where you're going to put everything together, you should do as many tests as you can.  However, the key isn't simply to do tests, it's to do them intelligently which means that you need to make sure that you're reviewing the questions you're getting wrong and the ones that you aren't sure about.  To that end my online tracking system lets you know which question types you're having more problems with and I will send you exercise sets that cover those areas.
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