Studying for LSAT

Step-by-Step Study Schedule

The LSAT has the reputation of being one of the most difficult tests, and not only is the score important for admission it can also determine how much scholarship money you get. College, and law school especially is very expensive. Getting into a good law school is even more expensive. Law schools look very carefully at your score (some look at your average score, others at your highest score) as well as your undergraduate grade point average. Needless to say a good score on the LSAT is very important to those wishing to become a lawyer. Before such a big test, preparation is paramount. For those people who aren't geniuses, a lot of preparation is required. But there are tons of resources, both on-line and off, available to students as they are studying for LSAT. The test months for the LSAT are February, June, October and December. December is the 'last chance' month to take the test, and since it is in the middle of a holiday season for most people this makes it a bit more stressful. Since the next test isn't until June, this often means deferring application to law school for another year. Whether you're taking the test in February or December, these guidelines will help you prepare. Following these steps insures that a student is organized, prepared, and is ready to put in the time and effort for studying for LSAT.

When studying for LSAT:

1. Look up the test date and registration deadline.

  1. Students should be aware of how many weeks they have to study, so they can set aside certain days and hours in those days to study.

2. Allow enough time to prepare.

  1. Signing up for the February test in January probably doesn't give enough time for adequate study.
  2. Set aside a schedule that fits around work, school and other responsibilities. Once a student sets this schedule, everything should be done to stick to it.

3. Set aside the same time every day, for example a couple of hours in the morning when work or other distractions throughout the day can't get in the way.

  1. Make sure there is a quiet space, all your own to work. If a student works better with some noise, a favorite café is ideal. But if he needs silence, a library or bedroom setting is better.
  2. Make sure there is enough time to study with the time limits from the test.

4. Take breaks.

  1. Getting burned out in the first couple of weeks of studying for LSAT isn't beneficial, and can hurt if a student becomes frustrated. Quitting for too long, more than a couple of days can set a student back by weeks, and this becomes a waste of time.

5. If a student decides studying for LSAT is best done with a professional class, then setting aside time to study outside class is important, as well as completing all the homework and attending every session. The money spent on the class and the material will be wasted if a student hasn't thought through whether he can attend every session or not. Often these classes are intensive, lasting for several hours per day, so missing even one class can put a student very far behind the others.

6. Take practice tests.

  1. As the test date approaches taking practice tests under the time limits of each section gives a student an idea of how he is doing. What sections should he work more on before the test? Which ones are becoming easier? Students who have put in the right amount of time and effort will feel more confident of every section of the LSAT, and not just one.

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