Remembering the LSAT

June is just around the corner, which also means the LSAT is too. So I thought I would discuss my relationship with Le LSAT. I hated it. The first time I took it, (yes you read that correctly) I studied approximately two hours a day for a month prior to the Dec. exam. Looking back I don't think I took it seriously as an exam.

Some things to know first: I received a fee waiver to take the LSAT twice and register with LSAD which made my day because at the time I didn't know if law school was a serious option. I am still unable to say that I am 100% confident regarding my choice for law school but I can say that I'm now 80% confident. So the fee waiver was huge for me. They also sent me a free copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep which wasn't great but had some actual LSAT exams. I also borrowed study guides from friends and purchased two recommended guides: The Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible and The Powerscore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible. I found the format of these two guides easy to follow and understand. I experienced several AHA! moments with these two guides. I should mention that I wasn't bad at logic games, however this guide trained me on how to get near perfect scores in the logic games section. My worst section was logical reasoning by far! I had a difficult time dealing with my poor performance in this section and wished it didn't make up such a large portion of the exam.

So I took the December exam and felt confident until I learned how poorly I did. And I don't mean poor in terms of a 160 or high 150s. I'm talking worse than those. Knowing that I could take the Feb. exam free of charge (with the exception of the opportunity cost of studying) I decided to sign up for a paid study course. I chose Powerscore because I liked how they covered the material in their books and only used actual previous LSAT questions. For the month of January my life was the LSAT. I studied at least twenty hours a week, took twelve practice exams and saw major improvement throughout the process. I was skeptical regarding studying but can firmly say that it worked. My second LSAT score was much better and I attribute it to all the hard work I put into studying for it. The Powerscore online class sessions didn't benefit me a great deal but I did complete every lesson in their books which is an accomplishment in itself since I averaged 3-4 hours a lesson and there were ten lessons.

I also scanned the internet for LSAT tips and in general found what Ann, over at Law School Expert, had to say helpful. More on her later! Knowing that I never have to take that exam is such a relief! For all those who are gearing up for the LSAT ride good luck! But try to remember, it's not everything!

3 Comments:

  1. Shells said...
    I totally relate to your LSAT experience - I pretty much have PTLSATD: Post Traumatic LSAT Disorder.

    I used Powerscore materials too and really liked them. But I went on the advice of friends who had devoted months of summer vacation during undergrad to study when they said I didn't need a prep course. If I had it to do over again, I would definitely have just sucked it up and paid for a class. I started early, and devoted a lot of time, but studying for the LSAT is a whole different ball game when you're working 40-50 hours a week.

    That said, aren't you glad it's over?!
    Kel said...
    I am SOOOOOOOOOOO glad it's over! But there is this strange feeling about not studying for it.
    Ann K. Levine, Esq. said...
    Thanks for the shoutout. I hope my blog is helpful to lots of 1L hopefuls, and I think yours is probably helping a lot of entering 1Ls with the exact same worries about making friends in law school. Please let me know if I can be of help.

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