Since the LSAT didn't exist in olden times, there's a serious lack of guidance from the sages with regard to LSAT preparation.
However, we have something even better: LSAT diaries from top LSAT scorers.
In the blog post, I've compiled tips from 7 sage LSAT masters who wrote about their experiences in LSAT Diaries.
7 Sage LSAT Tips from LSAT Diaries:
1. "Show enthusiasm in your preparation efforts. The LSAT is so important that its only purpose is to determine your future. You should treat the test with respect. Be bold in your preparation efforts. If others mock your zeal, cast them aside: they are not your true supporters." - Samson, 174 (LSAT Diaries)
2. "[T]his structured other parts of my life. I began focusing more on sleep and fitness as a means of preparing my body for the test. I completed homework earlier to have time to study. I drank less to keep my mind sharp. All steps in the direction of maximum performance. Obsession worked for me… I don’t know how to induce it, but if you can get there, the score increase will shortly follow." - Brandon, improved from 150 to 170 (LSAT Diaries)
3. "When I went back and looked at my previous exams I found that I was not spending enough time analyzing the rules and diagramming some important inferences...The result was a very vague understanding of the game as a whole, and left me occupied with each individual question for far too long. Once I began to properly diagram and analyze the game before moving onto the questions, I was able to knock off some of them in a matter of seconds." - Dan, improved from 141 to 168 (LSAT Diaries)
4. "Studying needs to be like work...Schedule time to fit it in. Write one practice exam under timed conditions at least once per week. Write an exam under non-timed conditions at least once per week. Compare the two and determine where time is affecting you (and just do more questions to get faster) and where your skill is affecting you." - Kelly, improved from 150s to 170 (LSAT Diaries)
5. "Don’t try to grasp all of the subtle nuances of the logic games section right away. First work on the fundamentals: the rules, the action, and the variables. Familiarity will reveal patterns and as you get more comfortable with how rules work, the ability to make deductions will increase." - Jared, improved from 140ish to 164 (LSAT Diaries)
6. "[T]he biggest prerequisite for improving my scoring ability with logic games (and the LSAT as a whole for that matter) was improving my ability to be patient and persistent." - Anthony, improved from 140s to 161 (LSAT Diaries)
7. "The test is not unbeatable, but you have to show a total commitment to beating it. I recently ran into an old acquaintance who told me that he had also taken the LSAT, but shortly before the test started seeing a new lady friend, and thus didn't devote any time to studying logic games. As you can imagine, he was not quite happy with his score." - Brad, improved from 167 to 179 (LSAT Diaries)
Just for fun, I've also taken 7 sage quotes and adapted them to serve as LSAT prep advice. It's what the sages would've said if they'd had the opportunity to master the LSAT.
7 Sage LSAT Quotes:
1. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single LSAT question." - Lao-Tzu
2. “Dark times lie ahead of us, and there will be a time when we must choose between Facebook and the LSAT.” - Albus Dumbledore
3. "LSAT logic and real logic are no different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned." - Yoda
4. "To what length will you abuse our patience, LSAT?" - Cicero
5. "We are what we think / All that we are arises with our thoughts / With our thoughts we ace the LSAT." - Buddha
6. "I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance when it comes to the LSAT." - Socrates
7. "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and ready to attack the LSAT on Test Day." - Benjamin Franklin
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