1-month LSAT study plan

    You just received your December 2012 LSAT score. Do you want to roll up into a ball and die? Don’t. Just because Congress can’t come up with a good Plan B to pull us from the “fiscal cliff” doesn’t mean you can’t. Here’s a good start:

    With approximately four weeks left until the February 2013 LSAT, mastering this test may seem like an uphill battle. It is not. For one thing, as someone who probably put in a lot of effort preparing for December, you have a significant head start. For whatever reason (more on that later), you simply failed reach your full potential. The mere fact that your expectations were higher suggests that you are capable of much more. Provided you can focus on your weaknesses and devote at least 15 hours/week towards LSAT prep, you should be ready to kill it by February.

    Here’s what you should be doing, assuming that (1) you aren’t taking a prep course; and (2) you are familiar with the PowerScore LSAT Bibles.

    To Do Now (or yesterday):

    Week 1:

      1. Analyze your performance on the December 2012 test, section by section, question by question. Compare your performance to the practice tests you took prior to the exam. Where did you take the biggest hit?
      2. Create a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet in which you will list every question you missed on your practice tests, as well as on the December 2012 test. Thoroughly review each test and enter any mistakes you made in your spreadsheet. Identify the type of question it was, and explain, in a few sentences, what made you choose the wrong answer. An entry should look like something like this:
        • December 2006, LR 1, Q1: Main Point. The correct answer is (D), I chose (A). Chose the opposite answer due to competing viewpoints. In the future, pay attention to competing viewpoints in Main Point questions.
      3. If you are having trouble understanding the logic behind certain questions, visit our LSAT Discussion Forum and get your questions answered by the experts.
      4. Assuming you are familiar with the PowerScore LSAT Bibles, re-read the chapters reflecting the types of questions or reasoning paradigms you seem to be struggling with.
      5. Delve into the LSAT Bible Workbooks, beginning with the Workbook covering the section of the test you did worst on.

    Week 2:

      1. Finish the LSAT Bible Workbooks.
      2. Take three (3) full practice tests that you haven’t seen before. Make sure you take them under timed conditions.
      3. Continue listing the questions you miss in your Excel or Word file.
      4. Based on your performance on the last three practice tests, consider purchasing the Advanced LSAT Logic Games Course or the Advanced LSAT Logical Reasoning Course. Both courses are taught by industry experts and completely deconstruct the elements that make certain games or LR questions difficult. The trick is to become familiar with these ideas long before test day, so you can put our methods into practice and make them your own.
      5. Take the Advanced LSAT course that covers your worst section.

    Week 3:

      1. Take three (3) full practice tests that you haven’t seen before.
      2. Thoroughly review each test and enter any mistakes you make in your Word document or spreadsheet.
      3. Examine all the mistakes you’ve made up to this point. Do you see any patterns? Are you missing a lot of questions with conditional reasoning stimuli? Numbers and percentages? How about Undefined Grouping Games? Or Science passages? Keeping track of where you constantly trip up will help you streamline your studies.
      4. Return to the Bible trilogy, the Workbooks, and the sections of the Advanced LSAT course highlighting the types of questions and games you are having trouble with.
      5. If you notice persistent patterns of mistakes that you cannot fix with the self-study guides, ask for help on the forum or consider purchasing a few hours of LSAT tutoring. A tutor should not only be able to explain what you are doing wrong, but also help you fix the problem. Tutoring is not cheap, but the benefit usually far outweighs the cost, given the enormous value in salary potential of even a 3 or 4-point increase in your LSAT score.

    Week 4:

      1. Take two (2) full practice tests (ideally from 2010 – 2012) that you haven’t seen before.
      2. Thoroughly review each test and enter any mistakes you make in your Word document or spreadsheet.
      3. In the 3-4 days before the exam, review your Word document or spreadsheet and re-do every question in it, paying particular attention to the flawed logic that led you to choose an incorrect answer the first time around.
      4. The day before the test, relax! Do something that makes you happy and don’t worry about the LSAT.

    The day of the test:

    Eat a wholesome breakfast, do a few logic games to get your brain revved up, and get to the testing center early. And destroy the LSAT!

    Good luck!