With the wealth of LSAT prep materials out there, it can be tough to find the best resources for LSAT study. I've been tutoring the LSAT for 5 years, and these are the materials I've found to be the most helpful. Practice Tests The best way to practice is by using previously administered LSATs. LSAC has published several collections of tests: Volume 5 (Tests 62 to 71, December... read more
I wanted to write a blog post on where to find quality LSAT resources. Here's my list of material that I use with my students: Free Materials: Free LSAT Practice Test Free Virtual LSAT Proctor LSAT Answer Keys LSAT Score Conversion Tables LSAT Answer Sheet Not free but worth every penny: LSAT Study Pack - I used... read more
When taking an LSAT practice test it is important that you simulate real testing conditions as closely as possible. This virtual LSAT proctor will give pre-test instructions, announce the 5 minute warning before time expires, and time your test. To view the virtual LSAT proctor just click on the title of this Blog post then click the link below: FREE VIRTUAL LSAT PROCT...
I always recommend that my students take a diagnostic practice test before our first meeting so that I can get a detailed picture of their strengths and weaknesses. To download a free LSAT practice test just click on the title of this Blog post then click the link below: FREE LSAT PRACTICE TEST
In the land of Zig-Zag, there are only two types of people: truth tellers who always tell the truth and zig zags who if questioned either tell the truth or lie. The zig zags never lie or tell the truth twice in a row when questioned. We can infer which of the following: A) In the land of Zig-Zag, if a person is asked if they are a truth teller and they answer... read more
The LSAT is unique among the various standardized tests in that it includes sections that try to show the logic capabilities of the test-takers, based on logically analyzing reading passages AND doing "logic puzzles". You may have seen logic puzzles in various media, such as Dell(tm) puzzle books or Games(tm) Magazine. A typical puzzle would be on the lines of "Mrs... read more
Students preparing for the LSAT have a variety of resources available, including prep courses, books, and on-line materials. Only one resource - one on one tutoring - provides the most valuable aspect of LSAT preparation: the back and forth interaction that assists students in learning not only which answers are correct, but also why each answer choice is right or wrong. The... read more
To those of you looking for a tutor that has a range of possibilities, I dedicate this blog to you. Being a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, I know what it takes to use study skills to focus and remain organized in order to maintain a clean academic record. Graduating in only three years, I have had the opportunity to manage a schedule of work and school... read more
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It is often examples that make ideas understandable to students and current events can be a good source of examples. Case in point. Today in Wisconsin, the issue of the day is the outcome of the recall elections and problems with the exit polling. As a tutor, the outcome isn’t interesting, but exit polling like all surveys is key to the usefulness of statistics! In fact, it gives a great opportunity... read more
This post is for most if not all standardized exams. The number one issue I see with the majority of students who are preparing for these major and critical exams is that they do not spend enough time prepping. For example, obtaining a tutor a week or even three weeks before the test date is probably not going to do much to increase your scores, especially if you are meeting up with a... read more
Tip #2 for Standardized Exams Students who plan to sit for any standardized exams should do the following: 1. Take a diagnostic exam. It does not have to be a full-blown exam but a mini-version in order to get a idea as to your strengths and weaknesses. 2. Thoroughly evaluate and understand your diagnostic scores - every breakdown, not just how many wrong or right you got in each section... read more
This tip applies to all standardized exams. First, focus on eliminating careless mistakes. Most students who are taking this exam (SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) for the first time will realized that majority of their errors (if not more than 50%) are due to careless mistakes. Thus, if they focus on fine-tuning this portion of their skill sets they would see their overall score rise. Given that... read more
Getting plenty of sleep EVERY NIGHT during the week of the big test. Drinking plenty of water (some extra) for SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE the test, and enough during the test too, in small sips. (Having to go to the bathroom a lot is also stressful, so moderation is important here). They say most people don't drink nearly enough water. If we are even slightly dehydrated, it can cause the brain... read more
I was having a crisis last night, thinking that I took on more than I could handle with going to law school. I shut down my computer and called one of my best friends - my mom - to get her advice. Of course, she didn't help when she said that she couldn't make that decision for me. I told her she was some friend, but the next thing she said got me thinking. She asked me, "What would you... read more
We did it again! All the students whom I have tutored for both regular academics and for the NYS ELA and Mathematics, have passed their exams. Some are moving up to the next grades, and others have received achievement awards. It is such a great feeling when the results of dedication from the parents, hard work from the students and myself, produce such a wonderful accomplishment. I am taking... read more
Yesterday was another great day to be a tutor. I met with a young student for Regents Integrated Algebra and Geometry. She was so nervous when I first met her. I told her that I would put a curriculum together for her, and with hard work she will be fine. Week after week we work together. Slowly but surely she began exhibiting confidence, asking questions and solving problems. It was so nice... read more
A new book of 10 LSAT Prep Tests is available from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Tests 52 - 61 are now available in one book! This is great news because these tests include the new double passage that appears in the reading comprehension section. More recent tests may also be a bit more challenging than the older tests. Visit www.lsac.org to shop for materials. Just click on... read more
Many students claim to be just bad test takers. No matter how much they study or how well they understand the information, when it comes to taking the test, they can’t perform. Well, rest-assure that the problem probably isn’t that the student is a “bad” test taker, but that they let stress get the better of them. In 9 out of 10 students, inability to perform on tests is caused by stress and... read more