I recently listened to the National Public Radio (NPR) podcast Fresh Air. They had a fascinating interview with a Canadian astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield, who was promoting the release of his new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Col. Hadfield is an interesting guy. From his Facebook description, he was "the first Canadian to walk in space, and it has recently been announced that he will be the first Canadian to command the international space station."
With the LSAT fast approaching, I want to briefly step away from talk of test concepts, and remind everyone of one of the most important, and (sadly) most-overlooked, components of test success: a positive mental outlook. That is, at some point in the next 10 days or so you should feel as though your conceptual preparation is complete, and your focus should begin to shift instead towards preparing yourself mentally for an amazing test day experience. Here are a few keys tips that will help get you mentally ready in the days ahead.
With the LSAT coming up next week, during this final week you should make sure you are as mentally well-prepared as possible for Saturday. To help you reach a state of pure mental power and balance, I've compiled a list of my favorite LSAT confidence resources. Make sure to set aside some time before the test to think about how you will approach the LSAT when it begins, and especially how you will react if you encounter any difficulties. It's an essential step, and one that can dramatically impact your score. Here's the list:Read More
Taking notes on Reading Comp passages can be a challenge for many students, especially because RC on the LSAT is so unlike RC on other standardized tests. Most students either forego note-taking altogether in favor of trying to “just get it,” or else they go crazy underlining everything they think might be important somehow.
Neither of these strategies lends itself to the evidence-based approach you should be taking to answering the questions. Instead, what you need is a roadmap.
Are you stressed out about the LSAT? Do you dread taking practice tests? Or how about scoring a practice test? Don't kid yourself. Everyone suffers from some degree of test anxiety. It's only natural, and having a healthy recognition of the gravity of the test can be a very helpful motivator. But let me talk to you for a moment about an LSAT prep superpower you probably don't even know you have.
A question I often receive is, “Should I do a set of warm up questions the morning of the LSAT to get into the right frame of mind?" The idea is that by doing questions prior to the start of the LSAT you will be ready to hit the ground running once the test begins, and that will produce the best possible score. In theory it sounds like a good idea, but does it really work, and should you try it?
A few weeks before the LSAT, many people find themselves on a plateau. They just can't seem to improve their scores. People find themselves on plateaus for many different reasons. One of those causes is lack of organization. Over time, when you've done quite a bit of studying for the test, you can start to get lazy with your process. If you're stuck on a plateau, one of the best things you can do is impose organization on your process, which can reduce your time per question and increase your accuracy.Read More
Most people are familiar with Bruce Lee. He was a martial arts master who became an actor, and when he died young at 32, he was already a superstar and cultural icon. But while most people know him for his martial arts movies, few know that he was also a philosopher and avid student of the mind. After his death, thousands of books were found in his house, with over 1500 marked up with detailed notes and comments. Lee wasn't just a heavy reader, he was also the author of multiple books, including writings on martial arts, poetry, philosophy, science, and positive thinking. Within those texts, he made many comments that we can apply to the LSAT. Let's take a look at a few of the most relevant ones:Read More
When you create a study plan for the LSAT, make sure to include liberal breaks in your schedule, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. At first glance, that advice may seem counterintuitive—to increase your score, plan to not study? But yes, it will help, and here’s why:
With less than a week left until the June 2016 LSAT, score maximization is less about how much you learn or train, and more about your mental health. Granted, you can still improve in specific areas that are costing you points, such as Numbers-and-Percentages LR questions, Undefined Grouping Games, or Linear Games containing Conditional Reasoning rules. Your focus, however, should gradually shift away from the one test/day regimen you've been following (or not) for the past month, and more towards psychological well-being, relaxation, and focus. This is as much a cognitive test as it is a psychological one. Here are the four things you should be doing in the next week: