How to Overcome Early Frustrations in Your LSAT Prep

Today's LSAT advice comes from our friends at Blueprint LSAT Prep. Blueprint offers live LSAT prep classes throughout the country and online LSAT classes for those who want to study from home (and have the willpower to avoid watching TV). 

You’ve just taken your first practice LSAT, and you didn’t finish the first Logic Game. Or you’ve been self-studying for a few weeks now, and your score on practice LSATs has increased by only one point. Sound familiar?

If you just recently started preparing for the LSAT and find yourself pulling your hair out faster than Taylor Swift pulls new boyfriends out of the woodwork, you’re not alone. Countless law school hopefuls, many of whom end up with great scores, find these first few weeks of LSAT prep agonizing as they try to wrap their heads around an entirely new way of thinking.

What are the causes of this early frustration? There are different factors for different people, but here are a few common obstacles and ways to move past them:

1. The type of reading that the LSAT demands is different from the type of reading you do in college, and you need to adapt your approach to the demands of the LSAT. 

Sure, in college you read long 17th century political treatises, dense Russian novels, and such true masterpieces as Fifty Shades of Grey. But this is different. If you’re approaching Reading Comprehension passages like you approached Hobbes or Dostoevsky, you probably need to change your approach. When you read a passage, you should be trying to identify the main arguments and support for those arguments, not trying to remember every single unimportant detail.

2. You’re just practicing over and over again, but you need to actually study. 

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Although it is necessary, it is not sufficient. If you’re just doing practice LSATs ad nauseum, you’ll probably make some gains, but you might also be reinforcing bad habits. Instead, try seeking out some guidance — whether that’s a live class, one-on-one tutoring, an online course, or for those few highly disciplined students, a rigorous self-study regime with the right books.

3. Logic Games is like Greek to you, and you don’t speak Greek.

Logic Games, a.k.a. Analytical Reasoning, a.k.a. Terror Incarnate. For many students, Logic Games is the toughest section at first, and it is seemingly impenetrable. Fortunately, it is also the easiest section to make gains on. If you’re one of those students that didn’t finish the first game in time on his or her first practice test (like, ahem, the author of this post), don’t panic. There are actually only two types of games: Grouping and Ordering. Once you master those two types, you will master games (like the author of this post, who ultimately scored a 175, despite that initial hysteria). Take a class or get a good book on Logic Games, and you’ll be on your way. 

Long story short? Yes, the LSAT is intimidating at first. But it is also a learnable test, and there are concrete things you can do to learn it.

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