Monday, July 14, 2008

How to Study for the LSAT

1. Take the LSAT very seriously. If you think that you can go to Borders, buy a LSAT review book, read it once and be prepared for the LSAT, you most likely aren't going to score anywhere near where you could or should be. Personally I studied daily for the LSAT for almost an entire year and even took the entire month before the test off so I could study all day. I spent 10 hours a day reveiving old tests and doing different drills to work on my speed. Some of you might say this is overkill or that I must be a slow learner to need to spend that type of time to become proficient at the LSAT. The fact of the matter is my story is not unique, I personally studied with dozens of people who put in just as much time and effort as I did. I've even heard of people who take an entire year off after graduate school or undergrad to just study for the LSAT. Those individuals are often studying with a professional company and then have private tutor on the side.

What does any of this have to do with you? It has everything to do with you because this is YOUR competition. It's fine if you want to read a 'how to book' one weekend and then take the LSAT the next but the likelihood of you getting into a good school or receiving a scholarship at any school is diminished.

2. The second suggestion I have for achieving success on the LSAT is to find a company of professionals that can give you expertise and focus. I studied with ACE LSAT and had an amazingly great experience with them. The instructors truly care about your success and have such an enthusiasm for the LSAT that you soon find yourself actually enjoying the test. ACE LSAT currently has three different locations they teach from. One (the original location) is in Provo, Utah, another location is in Salt Lake City, Utah, and their third is in Las Vegas, Nevada. The instructor that I studied with in Salt Lake was unbelievably great and very confidence inspiring. There's something about being taught how to study for the LSAT by someone who scored a perfect 180 on the LSAT. When he would say "this isn't that hard, you can get it" it made you think to yourself "yeah, this really isn't that hard, I can do this." In addition to having awesome instructors ACE LSAT does a lot of cool things like hooking you up with food and drinks. They even bring Einstein bagels to BYU and the University of Utah on the days the actual LSAT is administered to give you some extra energy and to wish you luck.

Lest, you think that I wrote this post for some ulterior motive, I can promise you that if every person that ever reads this blog signs up to study the LSAT with ACE I won't receive a single dime. I was just one of many and by no means was I one of the stand out students. ACE LSAT truly is so awesome at what they do that anybody who is studying for the LSAT should take their live classes or buy their DVD's to prepare for the test. I'd be an ingrate if I didn't publicly tell them "thanks!"