Nikki Siclunov

Nikki Siclunov has been with PowerScore since 2005, and is one of the company’s head publications developers. As a Senior LSAT Instructor with a 99th percentile score, Nikki has taught thousands of students in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Nikki attended Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude with the highest honors in the field of Literature. He also received a M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

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LSAT Test Takers: Blogs You Should Have Bookmarked

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With the LSAT less than two weeks away, everyone and their mother is quick to offer you a last-minute tip. Most everyone (we hope) means well. Sleep more! Study more! Worry less! Eat well! Exercise! etc. While we hope that our Blog is a reasonable voice in this cacophony of wisdom, there is no question that receiving just the right advice, and at the right time, is not always easy. (OK, it's a little easier if you pay for it).

Now more than ever, you want the advice you receive to be on point. To that end, below you will find a list of our most helpful blog posts we've written over the last few years, organized by subject matter and area of concern. This represents the collective wisdom of some of the world's foremost LSAT experts, so handle it with caution: it may cause brilliance!

Just kidding. 

But seriously: these are all Blog articles you should have bookmarked. Now, thanks to me, you don't have to: just bookmark this one instead. Good luck!

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Not a morning person? Start behaving like one if you want to kill it in February

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Depending on how close you are to your test center, you may need to wake up at 6 AM to take the February LSAT. Unless you are decidedly a "morning person," this could be a problem. Even if you do manage to fall asleep at a reasonable hour the day before (unlikely, unless you train for it), chronic sleep deprivation can profoundly affect how much you get out of your test prep, and adversely affect your performance on the test.

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This Thanksgiving, Be Grateful for the LSAT

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In a piece he published in the NYTimes, Artur Brooks argues that acting grateful can actually make you grateful. We have long been conditioned to believe that gratitude is not real unless it is sincere, but new research shows that emotional authenticity is somewhat overrated. Apparently, a 2014 article in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience identified a variation in a gene (CD38) associated with gratitude, suggesting that we can actively choose to practice gratitude, and become happier as a result. The power of positive thinking at work, as it were, which is something we've been saying for years.

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Is the LSAT Getting Strange(r)?

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Whether the test is getting more and more "unusual" or "weird" is a question we get on a weekly basis. It's an understandable worry: all of your prep work is based on the fundamental assumption that the skills being tested on the LSAT do not vary from one administration to the next. Rest assured that they do not: every LSAT tests your ability to reason with conditional statements, to infer what must be true or false from a given set of rules, to recognize logical equivalency and reason from analogy, to determine the effect of additional statements on the logical validity of a given argument , to identify the conclusions, fallacies, and assumptions of various arguments, etc. That said, it is absolutely true that in recent years, LSAC has made a concerted effort to test these skills in more unusual and less predictable ways.

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Second Time's a Charm: Re-taking the LSAT in December

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With the September LSAT done and over with, you can hopefully put test prep behind you. Assuming you did well, you should be spending the next 3 weeks polishing the rest of your law school applications so you can apply as soon as your score comes out. However, if you believe you might have bombed this test, here's what you should do now:

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Ten Days Until the LSAT: Last-Ditch Efforts and How To Make Them Work

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Before we begin, let's get one thing out of the way: if you haven't already studied for the LSAT for at least 1-2 months, there is little you can do in the last week before the test. Yes, life can get in the way and sometimes even the best-laid plans go astray. Unfortunately, you cannot cram for the LSAT (this is not Organic Chemistry): it's a test of how you think, not how much you know.  Unlike most knowledge-based tests, the LSAT measures whether you possess the skill set necessary to excel in law school: close reading, critical reasoning, rule application, information synthesis, and the like. These are skills we develop over time, not in one week. So, if you've been putting off this LSAT project until the last week before the test, you may be better off taking the test in December instead. Plan your studies accordingly.
 
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