LSAT Study Tips (Part 2): Know Thyself

The_Wizard_of_Oz_starsIn my last post about the LSAT, I wrote about the 5 common patterns of LSAT high-scorers.

Today, I’m going to talk about what I believe will help you the most in your LSAT prep.

I believe that knowing yourself–your strengths and weaknesses–is what will help you the most in your LSAT prep.

People know more about their strengths and weaknesses than they are willing to admit.

Like the characters in the immortal story, The Wizard of Oz, so many people don’t see who they really are and what they’re really good at.

The Scarecrow wants a brain more than anything in the world, but notice whenever his crew needs a smart plan or needs to get out of tough spot, he’s the one that thinks of a solution.

Same with the Tin Man. He just wants a heart, poor fellow. But throughout the story, he’s the one with the most empathy and compassion in every situation–the one with the biggest heart.

So, a major part of succeeding in your quest to do well on the LSAT is to know yourself and to understand what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at.

  • Are you a procrastinator?
  • Have you pulled more than one all-nighter?
  • Do you sometimes cram for tests?
  • Do you learn better with a study group?
  • Do you learn better through in-person lectures and exercises?
  • Are you someone who likes to please your teacher or professor?
    If you answered yes to three or more of these questions,
    it is highly likely that you should take an in-person LSAT prep course. It will keep you on track towards your goal. Going to class, doing homework, and having others to study with and be accountable to will help you.
  • Do you (or did you) consistently study 5 or more days a week in college?
  • Do you schedule adequate time for classes, studying, work, relaxing, etc. and you actually follow that schedule?
  • Are you someone who would never consider cramming for a test?
  • Do your friends refer to you as “the nerd” or “bookworm”?
  • Do you hate it when other students are not prepared for class?
  • Do you hate it when other students ask “stupid” questions in class?
    If you answered yes to three or more of these questions,
    it is highly likely that you should prep on your own for the LSAT and/or take an online LSAT prep course. If you are good at disciplining yourself and scheduling your time, you will likely enjoy studying on your own where you can go at your own pace.

There is no shame or judgment as to which group you fall into. Group 1 is not better than Group 2 or vice versa.

Also, I acknowledge that we are all individuals and we can fall into more than just these two groups; however, after talking with thousands of prelaw students over the past decade, I have found that most preppers fall into one of these two groups.

Again, your success on the LSAT depends on how well you know yourself. Be honest with yourself.

Pick the LSAT prep option that will work best for YOU.

In the next LSAT Study Tips installment, I will discuss self-study strategies.

Do you have questions about LSAT prep? I’d love to hear from you! I’m here to help. Post your questions below and I’ll respond.