Have you ever wondered what it takes to study for the LSAT? Check out our latest series, A Day in the Life of a PowerScore LSAT Student, which chronicles the journey of an actual PowerScore student studying for the LSAT. Candace, a student in one of our Full-Length LSAT Courses, will share with you her experiences as she attends class and prepares for her future life as a law school student. Be sure to check it out!
Lesson 2. I arrived 10 minutes early and took a seat in the second row in front of the instructor. The instructor greeted each student by name as they entered the ballroom and asked the student if he/she had any issues with the homework or any other questions. I poured ice-cold water from one of the many icy water pitchers in the back of the class and sat back down, cooled off from the outside heat and ready to tackle Lesson 2.
First up in Lesson 2, more work on logical reasoning. We start promptly at 6:00PM and I am eager to learn more about logical reasoning since the sections on logical reasoning comprise about half of the LSAT. We spend a huge chunk of time going over one specific type of logical reasoning question – “Must Be True” questions – since “Must Be True” questions are the foundation of the LSAT. In order to do well on the LSAT, we must first build a strong foundation of basic knowledge and skills.
We again read through the lesson out loud and go through each example problem step-by-step to ensure that every student understands how each problem is solved. The instructor consistently checks in with us to make sure we are all following along and do not have any questions regarding the problems. The instructor even welcomed questions excitedly, which made me feel welcome and supported in my studies. The instructor brings a lively and supportive spirit to the class that settles the nerves of the students so that soon enough all of the students are volunteering to go up to the board with ease.
I volunteered to answer an example problem concerning “necessary and sufficient conditions”. In order to answer this problem, all that I had to do was simply create a diagram following Powerscore’s branch method. After I made the diagram, I simply had to look at the diagram to see which answer choice – A B C D or E – followed along with my diagram, and I chose the one that did. The branch method alters my method of approaching conditional reasoning questions from one of anxiety at the complexity of the question to one of ease, simply glancing at a diagram to find the right answer choice.
The lesson flew by as we discussed conditional reasoning, contrapositives, and reading comprehension questions. Before I knew it, the instructor was reminding us to complete the Lesson 2 Homework Lesson and bring any questions with us to Lesson 3 on Sunday night. First week down and I have already mastered how to diagram efficiently, read analytically, and, most importantly, to approach the LSAT with a positive and hopeful mindset! “It’s your thinking that decides whether you’re going to succeed or fail.”
Best Powerscore Book Advice of the Week: “Channel any nervous energy into intensity”!