The LSAT is a unique test. It forces you to learn a new way of thinking and if you’re a slow test-taker like I used to be, the LSAT forces you to think much faster than you’re used to. While I’m sure there are people out there who are naturally talented at the LSAT, I sure wasn’t. Opening up my prep books for the first time felt like I was reading a new language. Nonetheless, I stayed committed to studying and did well on the LSAT the first time around. Whether you’re here because you’re about to start studying for the LSAT or you’re in the midst of studying and feel a bit lost, here’s what helped me do well on the LSAT.
1. Don’t compare your LSAT score to others
When I was studying for the LSAT I searched through every forum, blog post, and social media site to read about other people’s practice scores and how long it took them to reach that score. Learn from my mistakes and don’t do this. Comparing yourself to others isn’t helpful – it’s a waste of time and adds unnecessary pressure. Everyone progresses at different rates. It’s important to remember that the LSAT is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to improve and you will get there!
2. Take time for yourself
LSAT studying burnout is so very real. At one point, I was taking so many practice tests that my score started steadily dropping. I took a couple of days off studying and when I came back with a fresh mind, I actually got a personal best. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle while studying for the LSAT isn’t just good for your mental health – your scores will benefit too. Exercise regularly, eat well and do your best to get enough sleep (which I know is easier said than done). When I studied for the LSAT, I made a point to do at least one thing a day I enjoy to give myself a break from studying. It was a helpful stress relief strategy for me, so give it a try. This is also why you should give yourself tons of time to study for the LSAT. If you feel rushed, chances are you’ll put self-care on the back burner.
3. Find resources that help you
My favourite resources were the Powerscore Bibles and 7sage. I personally had the most trouble with logic games but I found that the Logic Games Bible in combination with 7sage explainer videos helped me to improve the most in that section. There are many different LSAT resources out there, so find one or two that you like. Different companies have different LSAT strategies so try to stick with one company for each LSAT section to avoid conflicting advice.
4. Take timed practice tests
Try your best to recreate the experience of a real LSAT. You can start with timed sections, but make sure to do full-length practice tests before you write the real thing. Find a quiet spot with no distractions and time yourself on a real practice test.
5. Review, review, review… and review again
Always review your LSAT answers until you fully understand why they were wrong. It’s just as important as doing the test. Be sure to review the answers you guessed on too, even if you happened to get them right. Carefully reviewing your answers is key to building your understanding of LSAT questions (you’ll learn the patterns) and will help you improve your LSAT score.
6. Give yourself enough time
Everyone lives a different life and everyone studies at different rates. There’s no magic number for the amount of time you need to spend studying for the LSAT. I do recommend giving yourself as much time as you can to study for the LSAT so you’re not left cramming. Think about what you have going on in your life, whether you have a full-time or part-time job, have children, or are still in school, knowing how many responsibilities you need to balance will help you decide how much time to give yourself. As soon as you know you want to write the LSAT, check out the upcoming LSAT dates to see what your options are and plan accordingly.
Best of luck on the LSAT! Feel free to share your tips below.