LSAT tutoring shouldn't be like the picture to the right, where some drill sergeant yells at you! Instead, tutoring should provide a warm and friendly learning experience, where you feel comfortable being as honest as possible, and you trust your tutor completely. At its best, private LSAT tutoring provides a fluid and seamless learning environment, where the tutor knows how you learn best, what you need to improve upon, and how to get you there as quickly as possible. With that in mind, let's summarize some of the pros and cons of working with an LSAT tutor.
- Personalized. One of the most powerful aspects of LSAT tutoring is that it is focused solely on you, and thus all of the instruction is personalized to your strengths and weaknesses. And, as your abilities change, the instruction can be adapted accordingly.
- Efficient. Because all of the instruction is focused on you, tutoring is the most efficient form of learning available. Are you particularly good at a certain question type? Well, with LSAT tutoring you don't have to spend further time on that question type, and you can move on to questions that are posing difficulties for you.
- Flexible. Because you are employing an LSAT tutor to work with you, you can dictate the time and length of the meetings. Only have time to meet on the weekends? No problem. Need to meet in the afternoons due to school conflicts? That can be arranged. Whatever your requirements, tutors can meet your needs and create a convenient meeting schedule.
- Cost. Perhaps the biggest con is the price. Obtaining the exclusive services of a top-notch LSAT instructor is not cheap (and you should be suspicious if the price seems unreasonably low).
- Variable Quality. The second concern is quality. These days, anyone can hang a shingle out on the internet and advertise themselves as a tutor, so be careful when you are choosing someone to work with. PowerScore invests an immense amount of time and resources when selecting our LSAT teachers because we know that the people teaching our courses are the most important people in the company--they are on the front lines of conveying the concepts to our students. To that end, we have created extensive training programs, and thousands of pages of materials. And all of those resources can be used to assist our tutoring students in progressing as quickly as possible.
In short, if you have the money and do your research, having a personal tutor is the optimal way to learn any topic, including the LSAT. Of course, not everyone needs a tutor--some people learn better with courses, or on their own.
But, there are also certain situations in which having a tutor is especially helpful, such as:
- If you need to get a few last points to reach your goal, and have been struggling to move your LSAT score up.
- If you are consistently troubled by a particular topic--such as Logic Games--and cannot seem to move your score at all.
- If you have a unusual or unpredictable schedule, and cannot take a class.
- If you want a personal coach who can push you to achieve more.
In cases such as the above, a tutor can often help with the problem you are having, and make suggestions that will allow you reach your goals.
Have any other thoughts on the pros and cons of LSAT tutoring? Please let us know in the comments!