Daylight Savings Shows the Value of an Hour in LSAT Prep

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If you haven’t noticed, your cell phone and microwave may be displaying different times. That’s because Daylight Savings was this weekend. With spring officially on the way, that means daylight lasts longer, snow starts melting, and life in general starts feeling just a little less terrible.

With it will bring barbecues, day drinking in the park, bike rides, beach trips, and other such wonderment. Unless you’re studying for the June LSAT, in which case you’ll be seeing a lot more LSAT logic games than sunny afternoons.

But if you spend the spring fastidiously preparing for the June LSAT, you can spend the summer as a free man (or woman). In our experience, people who do well on the LSAT generally spend 200-300 hours or more getting ready for the LSAT. And every one of those hours counts. Thinking about losing an hour yesterday morning got us to remembering all the things you June LSAT test-takers can do with 60 minutes.

Things such as:

Complete nearly two LSAT sections — It only takes 70 minutes to knock out a pair of full sections – two fifths of an entire LSAT. So if you find you have an extra hour and change laying around, it’s always a good idea to practice your skills with accurate timing restrictions.

Review Prevalent Fallacies – A great way to use a free hour is to go over LSAT flaws. Flaws show up all over the LSAT (not just in flaw LR questions), so you can never be too familiar with them. And an hour is a perfect amount of time to review the fifteen or so most common versions of them. If you’re taking a Blueprint LSAT Prep course, these are covered in lesson 6.

Do Three Games Incredibly Thoroughly – It’s not always about speed. Often times the best thing you can do is slow down. A full hour can be a good amount of time to do three very hard LSAT logic games very thoroughly. If you take your time to be that attentive and careful, you’ll know the game inside and out, and will be far more likely to destroy the next hard game you come across.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint – The biggest thing to remember is that the LSAT takes many hours of study, so you’re not going to increase your LSAT score by ten points in a mere 60 minutes. But if you schedule out a couple hundred or so of these hours, you’ll be ready to dominate the June LSAT, so don’t waste a single one.

Mar 11, 2013 - 6:34 pm - By Colin Elzie
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