26.06.2016• LSAT Prep Day 10. Almost done with this book 💪🏻 I have now bought the ticket to take the LSAT this September 🙌🏻 If you want to keep track of my progress you can watch my study vlogs on my channel (SincerelyGisselle) 👍🏻 For those taking any big admission exams this year, I want to wish you good luck, you can do it!! 👊🏻💪🏻
8-21-15//2:30PM A little future prep, some art review (I decided to take drawing even though I am rusty and am afraid of being judged) and new post its and my 5 subject notebook. Practicing note taking by taking notes on the LSAT. I think law school may be in the future for me.
20.08.2015// Finished doing my last reading for the course. I already studied for my final exam but, I think I will take another look at my notes before I review my LSAT lessons (while enjoying my smoothie). Hope you all have a productive day!
Disclaimer: The LSAT is not a proper measure of your intelligence. But there are some things you can do to increase your score!
1. Start studying months in advance.
THIS IS A MAJOR KEY TO SUCCESS🔑🔑🔑 You cannot start studying for the exam a month in advance. You need AT LEAST 3 months to prepare. A dean of admissions at a law school in NY even suggested 6 months of preparation. The earlier you begin studying, the more time you have to learn the nuances of the exam (and eventually learn different techniques for doing well).
2. Prep class vs. Self-Study.
Again, it’s important to know yourself. Do you have the discipline to force yourself to study on your own? Or would a prep class give you the structure you need to study?
I chose to take a prep class.
I’m a huge proponent of prep classes because it gives you access to an instructor (who did well on the exam) that can answer any questions you may have. I took a prep class with Kaplan. There were only 9 other students in the class so my instructor knew all of our strengths and weaknesses. She was able to identify my areas of opportunity and give me techniques to increase my score. The classes were actually fun (Despite them being four hours every day of the week…except the weekend).
A prep class can be costly but the companies will have promotions. Also, do your research: there are scholarships that will help pay for the cost of a class!
I know some people who studied on their own. One of my mentors got a 170 on the LSAT by purchasing study aids from a local bookstore and creating a study schedule for herself. She started three months in advance and studied Sunday through Friday. On Saturdays, she would take an exam. (I didn’t have this level of discipline, though, hence my prep class enrollment lol).
3. Do your Research.
Like I said, the LSAT is not a measure of your intelligence. However, you definitely want to know the LSAT range at the schools you want to apply to.
I’m saying this with a huge grain of salt, though. I currently attend a T25 law school and my LSAT score did not match the median LSAT score of the previous year. APPLY TO YOUR DREAM SCHOOL REGARDLESS OF YOUR SCORE!
4. Discover Law program.
This program simulates your first year of law school in four weeks. Each week, you take a different first-year class with an LSAT session each day. Many law schools have this program and each has a different structure but the purpose of the program remains the same. The program I attended featured field trips to a federal court house and a medium-security prison. Also, at the end of the program, I received a fee waiver for the law school’s applications (which add up very quickly).
5. Helpful Websites.
discoverlaw.org (they have a quiz you can take to introduce you to an area of law based on your interests!)
****I just want to stress again that your score is not a reflection of your intelligence. Remember that other application materials are equally as important! Check out my other post for tips about studying for your classes!