How to Study for the LSAT
How to Study for the LSAT
The LSAT is a hard test. In addition, it is one of the most important elements of the application process. If you want to go to a good law school and get scholarships, then you need to do well on the test.
What is the best way to study?
Should you hire a tutor or take a class?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Every student is different. You need to understand your own situation and go from there. To help you out we are going to cover the three main ways to study: self-study, class setting, and a private tutor. They all have their respective pro and cons, and you need think carefully on which option is best for you.
Self-Study for the LSAT:
Many students have excelled on the LSAT by buying a couple books and perhaps also watching some YouTube videos or taking some practice tests to get ready for the LSAT.
This option is best for those that are quick learners. There are a ton of books that cover the LSAT from A to Z. Here is a list of some great LSAT books.
One of the major pros of self-study is the price. You only need a couple books, official prep tests which are a necessity, and maybe an online program, such as 7Sage.
There are a couple of cons though.
If you don’t understand a question, then you have to figure it out yourself. There are some websites that help, such as LSAT Hacks, but that might not be enough.
Self-study is great for self motivated learners, but for those who tend to procrastinate a more structured environment could be beneficial.
This leads to our next option: classes.
A LSAT class can be a tremendous help.
They provide a host of benefits:
- A support system to guide you through homework and lesson plans
- A knowledgeable teacher to explain difficult concepts
- Classmates to learn from and make new friends
- Emotional Support
In the grander scheme of things, classes are not too expensive. They usually cost in the neighborhood of $800-$1600. That might sound a lot, but if they add a couple of points to your LSAT score, then that can be easily paid for by potential scholarships.
Classes are excellent for those who need extra support and for those who have no idea on how to get started. They provide structure, yet you still need to work hard and learn on your own too.
Classes cater to the mean(average); this is fine if you fall into this range, but problematic if you are a slow or quick learner.
The class will follow a certain pace. Maybe it is going to fast. You need more time and attention. On the other hand, maybe it is going to slow. You understand the material and want to move on.
Your individual needs are not met.
The solution? Tutoring.
LSAT tutoring is the best option, but comes with a caveat: the expense. A good LSAT tutor, who understands the test and teaches well, are hard to come by.
Therefore, they are expensive.
There are a couple ways to combat this. You can self-study or take a class, and supplement your studies by doing a couple of tutoring sessions on topics that are confusing.
This will be a more affordable option. A few lessons to cover the trouble spots.
On the hand, some prefer to have a tutor from start to finish.
If money is not a problem, then this is surely the best.
A tutor can provide personally catered lessons that covers your weaknesses and plays to your strengths.
They are there to answer all questions, provide emotional support, and dedicated to you.
If you are looking for the best path to a great score, then seek a LSAT tutor.