November 28, 2008

Is 10 hours a day too long to study for the LSATs?

(I've also written several more LSAT FAQ posts - check them out!)

This is a question I received from a student recently. The answer, of course, is "yes." Your mind is incapable of processing that much information at once. Even if it were, you can't keep up that kind of study schedule for more than a week or so anyway. Here's how you should study: at a relaxed pace over a period of 2-3 months. It's much more effective, and less stressful, than studying intensively over a period of one week, which might lead to burnout.

A few more questions I've received recently, and my answers to them, are below. Keep them coming!

Do you get a score just for signing your name on the LSAT?

Yes. You'll get a 120 just for signing your name. I'm sorry to say this score won't get you into many law schools. You'll need to answer at least a couple of questions to do better than that.

How many practice tests does it take to increase my LSAT score?

Results vary from person to person. Doing exams 29-54 would be ideal if you have the time. Otherwise, focus more on the recent ones. Exams prior to exam 29 tend to contain some more unusual logic game types like Pattern games. Only focus on those types if you've already mastered the more common game types.

My brain hurts from doing the Logic Games. How can I increase my brainpower?

Sudoku and crossword puzzles are both great tools to improve your spatial reasoning because they help you learn to move pieces of a puzzle around. However, they're really only worth doing if you're planning to take the LSAT several months from now. Otherwise, focus on LSAT logic games and do sudoku/crosswords for fun only if you actually enjoy them. Eating breakfast every day, maintaining an overall healthy diet, and exercising regularly will help get the juices flowing to your brain, too. Also, don't do drugs.

Will you take the LSAT exam for me? I'll pay you.

Anyone willing to take the LSAT for you is probably not smart enough to get you a good score. Aside from being unethical, it's risky and simply not worth it. If you deposit $10 million in a Swiss bank account for me, I'll consider it, though.

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1 comment:

  1. i have been studying math 8 to 12 hours a day for 6 months now at first i didnt know how to do long division now i have a firm grasp of geometry algebra ,trig up to a pre cal level.

    Also math is becoming easier and easier as all the concept build on each other so i cannot agree with this comment if you live a mediocre life you will get mediocre results .



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