I made a lot of dumb mistakes back when I was studying…and it took a while before I was willing to admit this….but it actually took me a FULL YEAR to master the LSAT!!!
I probably could’ve been done with it in less than half that time if I’d gone about things the right way from the beginning. After I learned the RIGHT way to do things, I made a list of all my mistakes (at least, the ones I could think of). I’m not going to share the whole thing because it’s too embarrassing (and long)… but today I am going to share with you the three BIGGEST mistakes I can think of:
#3) Didn’t use right books / PrepTests
I spent too much time on older exams, not enough on newer ones!
At one point early on, I even considered not getting the newest exams at all just because they were 8 bucks each (LSAC hadn’t put them in books of 10 yet.)
In hindsight, this was pretty stupid because the most recent exams are the most relevant!
Doesn’t make sense to try to save $40 on 5 individual exams if it means getting a lower score (costing thousands in lost scholarship $$$, future income, etc.)
So…get the newest exams.
#2) Didn’t review
Instead, I just took test after test, hoping my score would magically improve —they didn’t.
Don’t JUST analyze the stimulus or passage (for LR/RC)…make sure you ALSO analyze answer choices.
What was it in the incorrect answer choice you chose that tempted you? Then identify what made it wrong in the end. Or, if there was something in the correct answer that made it seem unappealing, identify what it was. And identify what made it correct in the end.
#1) Didn’t have a study plan
I put this one first because I’d say not having a study plan was probably — no, definitely — my biggest mistake.
I talked about this a bit above, but, basically, I jumped right into taking practice tests without learning the fundamentals first.
And my scores didn’t go up because I wasn’t actually learning strategies to attack the questions BEFORE trying to attack them!
Sounds obvious in hindsight….but with all these books of old tests out there (and thrill of POSSIBLY getting a higher score next time), I kind of got addicted to taking PrepTests, measuring my scores, and looking for trends. I had lists, spreadsheets, graphs, etc…it was all kinda nuts.
Anyway, what I needed was someone to sit me down, kick my ass when I needed it, and show me exactly what I should be doing every. single. day.
I didn’t have that, so it took me WAYYYY too long to crack the LSAT “code.”
So I made LSAT study plans because I wished I had a real plan of attack when I was studying. It would’ve been a LOT easier if I knew exactly how to use all the practice tests and other books.