I am so excited to finally introduce Yelena editor over at Lovely Thoughts and the Lovely Thoughts Society. Yelena just started her law school career at The University of Missouri Columbia School of Law. After many long days studying for the LSAT and applying to different schools, she has finally made it, and has some great insight to provide to me and others working towards the same goal.
Here is was Yelena had to say on whether or not I am spending enough time studying for the LSAT.
Am I spending enough time studying for the LSAT?
So you really want to be a lawyer. But, before you take law school by storm, you first must endure the necessary evil known as the Law School Admissions Test, a standardized logic test that is one of the most important determinants whether you’ll get into law school and if you do, whether you’ll be eligible for scholarships.
Experts recommend start studying for the LSAT 3-6 months before the test date. Unfortunately, unlike college, you can’t study for the LSAT by simply cramming information in a few weeks or days before the test date.
Unlike most standardized exams, the LSAT doesn’t try to test your knowledge as much as it’s designed to test the way you think. On the bright side, you don’t have to worry about learning vocabulary words, formulas or remembering how to do long division. But, you do need to train your brain to solve logic problems and analyze scenarios in a certain way.
This process of teaching yourself to think like the LSAT test writers can be incredibly time-consuming. The best course of action is to take practice exams and then analyze what you’re doing incorrectly. Eventually, you’ll begin to notice patterns in the way questions and answers are phrased or structured, making you more efficient at answering the logic questions.
So, when it comes to LSAT studying, practice really does make perfect! This requires a lot of self-discipline though. It helps to look at LSAT studying as a part-time job. To keep up and avoid procrastination schedule in blocks of time for distraction-free LSAT studying a few times each week – ideally 10-20 hours if you’re on the 3-month schedule.
Eventually, you’ll see your practice exam scores rise (make sure you’re doing timed tests though to fully prepare for the exam) and you’ll be more familiar with different question structures and phrasing. Reaching these milestones will make you much more comfortable on exam day!
In the end, there really is no set amount of hours you’re required to study – it really is a personal preference that depends on how hard you study and how well you understand logic concepts.
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Tune back in to LMLAIKI next Tuesday for my follow-up response and next weeks question. We’ll be talking LSAT Scores.
Happy Studying from both Yelena and I!