LSAT Coaching From A Guy Who Spent A Year Banging His Head Against the Wall


LSAT Coaching From A Guy Who Spent A Year Banging His Head Against the Wall

I spent a miserable year studying off and on, trying to stay motivated.

My first practice test score was a 152, but despite the fact that I was putting in the hours, I kept bombing test after test.

The bad scores just kept piling up...literally (this was my bedroom floor):


Steve's Sucky LSAT Scores


It wasn't obvious to me until everything finally CLICKED, but I had wasted A LOT of time using flawed methodologies. 

I would've saved at least 8-9 months of frustration if I had someone experienced in the ins and outs of the test to: 

* help me figure out why I kept making mistakes 

* give me a customized plan based on my weak areas 

* pinpoint what I needed to change about my approach

Don't get me wrong - I was MOTIVATED, but I needed to be realistic about how much time I had to study (job, classes, yadda yadda).

I also didn't want to give up my evenings and weekends for a class just to get access to an instructor, and I wasn't starting from scratch.

I had money I could've used for tutoring, but I wasn't sure tutoring could actually help.



So, instead of getting help from an expert who could've unlocked the secrets of the exam for me...here was my "genius" approach:

>>>> Take one disappointing practice test after another. 

>>>> Read random blogs and forums.

>>>> Get jealous of people with scores higher than mine.

>>>> Repeat.


I stupidly burned through (aka "wasted") TONS of practice tests.



Now, here's what I SHOULD have done at that point:

1. Get over my self-defeating pride and doubts.

2. Find an expert who knew the ins and outs of the exam.

3. Ask for help identifying my weak areas and flawed methodologies.

4. Get a customized plan of attack for my future studying.

5. Apply expert suggestions to future practice tests.

SEE HOW MUCH BETTER THAT IS???!!!



I knew I was studying a lot, but I had no one to tell me if I was studying CORRECTLY. And there's nothing worse than wasting time on something that constantly makes you feel like an idiot.

The people who make the LSAT are evil geniuses when it comes to making smart people feel stupid.


Steve's Sucky LSAT Scores



It would have been AMAZING to have someone look at my approach and remind me I wasn't a complete moron...

even though I was getting LOTS of questions wrong.


Because it got to the point where I was starting to doubt myself. I even thought about giving up on my law school dreams altogether.

I knew there was SOMETHING I needed to change about the way I was studying but didn't know what it was.

So I did finally meet with a tutor (let's call him "Leonard"). 


But here's the thing:

Leonard could only show me how HE did the problems. He couldn't possibly understand how or why ANOTHER human being could possibly have trouble with them.

During one session, I asked how to diagram a Logic Game.

He did it for me, but along the way, he said things like:


"See? It's easy. You just do X, Y, and Z."


Then I tried, but wasn't able to draw the diagram on my own.

And EVEN after looking back at Leonard's, I couldn't make all the inferences he did.

My brain didn't work that way.

For a few minutes, he watched me struggle without saying a word, then did the worst thing possible.

He let out the tiniest "sigh."


Two things happened at that moment:

1. My cheeks turned red and I felt like the DUMBEST person to ever consider going to law school.

2. I decided never to work with him again.


I wanted to say:


"Of course it's easy for YOU - you're the kinda guy parents send to nerd camp to read logic textbooks for fun."


If Leonard had ever truly shown someone HOW to do something, he would've known I needed him to patiently walk me through it.

Even when a step-by-step approach meant taking BABY steps.

I needed a tutor who was willing to: watch me screw up on a question over and over before I finally got it. - and - patiently explain that question AS MANY TIMES AS IT TOOK.


Since then, I've worked with TONS of smart people who struggled the way I did, yet still ended up going to top law schools.


If nothing else, it's taught me one thing:



Getting the same question wrong over and over DOESN'T make you an idiot.


It just means you haven't found the right approach yet.

And that's what I can help you figure out.

I won't just show you different "perfect" ways to solve the questions.

If you've already started studying, I'll actually look at the techniques YOU'RE using - because my goal is to help you actually KNOW the test, instead of just parroting something.

After looking at your approach, I'll give you some ways you might improve it.

We'll go through the pros and cons of different methods, and in the end, we'll usually end up adapting your method.

Why is this so important?

Because I've learned getting a top score requires what I like to call...


*** The LSAT Mindset ***


Some people are born with it, but most aren't.

Unless you're a genius like "Leonard" from before, your main challenge will probably be getting into the MINDS of the test-makers.

You might score 160-165 by blindly following someone else's strategies. But if you want to score into the high 160s, low 170s, and beyond...

You'll need to understand WHY the strategies work.

This can only happen when we use strategies YOU feel comfortable with.

If you have trouble with anything we cover, I don't mind going over it again and again with different examples. 

When you later understand that very same idea, I will be cheering for you. (Yes, I have actually cheered during Skype sessions - my neighbors must think I'm crazy.)

For me, there's no feeling better than helping someone make a breakthrough on a topic that was previously difficult.

Once we figure out what works for you, you'll be able to make those breakthroughs and increase your score.


Tutoring is for you:

* if you feel like you need some one-on-one help but don't have time to start over with a whole new course of prep.

* if you already took the LSAT, but your score didn't reflect how you were doing on your practice exams.

* if you're motivated and willing to invest the time necessary to achieve a great result.

* if you're going over the answers and practicing as much as you can but somehow still missing too many problems.

* if you're unsure of how to improve or where to go from here, or if you're even studying correctly.


Improving your LSAT score isn't easy, but it's worth it.

Law schools charge tuition of $40,000-$50,000 / year or MORE.

The good news:

Even just a few more points on the LSAT can lead to: 

-TONS of scholarship $$$ 
-getting into better law schools, leading to higher-paying jobs when you graduate
-graduating without any debt (how awesome would that be??!!)

"We have made offers from the waiting list due to the results of the June LSAT." - Jason Wu Trujillo, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Virginia School of Law

"I've received full-tuition scholarships from both Penn State Law and Northeastern Law for Fall 2015." - Emily N., 148 to 161

"The best thing that came out of retaking the LSAT was that Chapman's scholarship offer increased from 40% to 100%." - Hilda A., 142 to 157 to 161


Tutoring's an investment in your future.

If it helps you get even just a couple of points leading to a single scholarship, you'll have made back your investment many, many times over.


“Awesome! I’m in! What’s my investment in LSAT tutoring?”


Learning how to communicate the "LSAT Mindset" took me several years. I only "got it" after obsessively studying every LSAT book I could find and every LSAT exam ever released.

I've helped students increase their LSAT scores for over 10 years and written explanations for 1,000+ LSAT questions. I could charge a thousand bucks an hour and still get tons of students.

I'll be honest - SO much of the advice I see about pricing is around how to maximize MY revenue. But that’s wrong. When it's all about how I can make money, it's not good for anyone because:

1. You pay as much as I can convince you to give me.

2. I don’t build a long-term trusting relationship with you.

So I’m going to be pretty straightforward about how this is priced:

My personal philosophy is that when someone buys a tutoring package from me for anything over $1000…the average person should be able to increase their score 5-10 points after working with me the FIRST MONTH. And 10-15 points from their investment in 2-3 months.

So if I had a $7650 LSAT tutoring package, someone who takes it seriously and follows my advice during their LSAT studying should be able to go from 155 to the low 160s in their first month and to the high 160s or low 170s in 2-3 months.

AND THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!!


The LSAT tutoring packages are $7650, $5400, and $1500, depending on which one you choose. And they really do create results like this all the time (I've bolded the relevant parts):

"I enlisted Steve as a tutor, and together we worked on my logical reasoning problem areas. Steve helped me to finally realize the difference between Must Be True and Most Strongly Supported questions, how to approach Sufficient Assumption vs. Necessary Assumption, etc...I’m pleased to say that I scored a 164...somewhere between 20-24 points higher than my first practice LSAT." - Jared E.

"After my first distance tutoring session with Steve over the phone, I felt better and began scoring in the 167 – 169 range...A miserable few weeks later, I got my score back; 170. I was thrilled to have set a goal and reached it, and felt more secure for law school. I give much credit to Steve for his guidance and advice." - Peter J., 160 to 170


So, with such a small investment: 

- Jared increased his score 20-24 points 

- Peter increased his score by 10 points


They both improved a TON after changing their LSAT studying to use what I taught them.

THAT'S PRETTY AWESOME!

Obviously, these are on the higher end of the spectrum. Some people like Jared in the example above will improve 20+ points in a few months if they also study a ton and are starting from scratch. Others like Peter will improve much less than that. 

My goal is that the AVERAGE person ends up with a 5-10 point score increase from working with me in one month, and 10-15 points from their investment in 2-3 months because of my help.


This is the insane commitment I want to live up to with my tutoring.


Just choose one of the three LSAT tutoring packages below, and we'll get started:



Intensive Coaching

$7650

Ideal for getting intensive support and mentoring as you prepare for the LSAT.

If you want the best option I offer for personalized support, Intensive Coaching is definitely the best way to boost your LSAT score and get into the law school of your dreams. 

This is the most comprehensive option I offer, and you also get full access to the best LSAT resources I've created. This package includes eight 90-minute sessions, five 60-minute sessions, and priority email support.

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Supreme LSAT course (a $500 value!)






Structured Guidance

$5400

Ideal for making real progress in multiple areas of your LSAT preparation.

This is a much better value than Laser Focus, and it gives you lots of opportunities to work with me, personally, over the course of your LSAT studying. This package includes six 90-minute sessions, three 60-minute sessions, and fast email support. 

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Premium LSAT course (a $400 value!)






Laser Focus


$1500

Ideal for making targeted progress in a specific area of your LSAT preparation.

This is the most affordable tutoring package. It's a good choice if you're looking for something a bit smaller as a supplement to your prep while getting the benefits of personalized help. This package includes two 70-minute sessions, one 60-minute session, and fast email support. 

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Starter LSAT course (a $200 value!)






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I also offer "Lightning-Round Sessions" à la carte. If you have specific questions about your LSAT prep, or you just want someone to make sure you’re on the right track, a lightning-round session is for you. We’ll do an intense, super-valuable 60-minute session, and you’ll walk away with a clear list of next steps.




If you're interested in speaking with me and potentially working with me, shoot me an email - I typically respond within 24 hours.



Frequently Asked Questions

How are you different from other LSAT tutors?

* Most tutors are "geniuses" who got top scores without much studying, if any. It took a while before I was willing to admit this, but I actually started in the low 150s. I was only able to improve to 175 after studying every LSAT book I could find and every LSAT question ever released. I know what it's like to find the LSAT confusing because I've been there.

* I've written explanations for over 1,000 LSAT questions. This process allowed me to make connections between question-types and see the deeper patterns I was previously missing.

* I release 98% of my information for free. You can get my strategies for virtually every aspect of LSAT preparation, then decide if you'd like to work with me.

* Other tutors usually teach what they learned from a particular prep company, or they're only be able to work with a specific style. I'm familiar with all the major techniques and can adapt to whichever system you're using. And, if you like, I can also show you the techniques I've developed for each section.

* Most tutors work temporarily before or during law school to make extra money. I've taught the LSAT full-time for over 10 years because I actually love it.


Where and how do we meet?

Most students work with me via phone, Skype, or Google Hangout. (You'll be able to see exactly how I diagram Logic Games on your computer screen, in real time.)

Some have asked if online tutoring is as effective as in-person tutoring. I’ve found it to be just as effective, with no difference in results. Also, with online tutoring, there's no chance of being late due to the commute, and you can get help from the best tutors.

If you're in NYC, we'll meet at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.


What's your cancellation policy?

I know things sometimes come up. If you provide 24-hour notice, you won't be charged. Otherwise, time scheduled will be subtracted from our remaining sessions.


Do I have to do homework? 

Yes. I'm only willing to work with students motivated to improve their LSAT scores. If you're not willing to put in the time, how can you truly improve?

You'll leave each session with a reasonable amount of homework I'll ask you to complete before we meet again.


Do I have access to you between sessions? 

Yes, I'm happy to answer quick questions via email if you need additional help.



How are the sessions structured?

Typically, each will be dedicated to a certain topic so you can practice that area before the session. However, we can always cover the specific questions you have that day, too.


Do I have to buy a package in order to work with you?

No, you can start with a "Lightning-Round" session, and then, assuming it goes well, get the package that's best for you. If our schedules sync up, you can even try the first session within the next couple days so you can jump-start your studying.


I know I need help, but I can’t afford it right now.

I understand, but if you don’t invest in yourself, who will? How long do you want to delay the results you want to see in your LSAT prep? Investing in your future takes courage and only you know when you’re ready to take that leap of faith and start improving your score.

(If it just isn't possible for you, keep in mind I also offer very affordable LSAT courses.)



I’m in! What are the next steps?

Great! I look forward to helping you get a higher LSAT score.

If you already know which package you'd like, please go ahead and purchase it. I'll email you to discuss next steps and schedule a time for our first session.

Otherwise, please email me to schedule a free consultation so I can learn a bit more about your needs and how I can help you. Before our call, I'll send you a few questions I ask you to answer before we speak. This will help me come to the call prepared to make the most of our time together.

During the call, we’ll talk more about where you are, where you’d like to be, and how I can help you get there. We’ll go through the packages and determine which one best suits your needs. Then, together, we'll craft a personalized action plan for your LSAT prep!



Still not convinced? Keep in mind that I offer the first session with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
LSAT Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the LSAT tutoring package of your choice without risking a thing. If you're not fully satisfied after the first session, I'll give you a full and complete refund. 

Why would I offer a guarantee when I don't have to? I can offer this because I've rigorously tested my techniques with thousands of students. I know they work, and I want this to be a no-brainer for you.



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I adhere to the Statements of Principles of Good Practice of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) and Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).


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Remember, I offer the first session with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That means you can try a session, and if you're not fully satisfied, I'll refund 100% of your money. But I'm confident my tutoring will help you improve your LSAT score and get into the law school of your dreams.


Choose a package:


Intensive Coaching

$7650

Ideal for getting intensive support and mentoring as you prepare for the LSAT.

If you want the best option I offer for personalized support, Intensive Coaching is definitely the best way to boost your LSAT score and get into the law school of your dreams. 

This is the most comprehensive option I offer, and you also get full access to the best LSAT resources I've created. This package includes eight 90-minute sessions, five 60-minute sessions, and priority email support.

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Supreme LSAT course (a $500 value!)






Structured Guidance

$5400

Ideal for making real progress in multiple areas of your LSAT preparation.

This is a much better value than Laser Focus, and it gives you lots of opportunities to work with me, personally, over the course of your LSAT studying. This package includes six 90-minute sessions, three 60-minute sessions, and fast email support. 

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Premium LSAT course (a $400 value!)






Laser Focus


$1500

Ideal for making targeted progress in a specific area of your LSAT preparation.

This is the most affordable tutoring package. It's a good choice if you're looking for something a bit smaller as a supplement to your prep while getting the benefits of personalized help. This package includes two 70-minute sessions, one 60-minute session, and fast email support. 

As a free bonus, you’ll also get complete access to everything in the Starter LSAT course (a $200 value!)




“I just wanted to let you know that I received my October test results, and I got a 170!!! I'm very happy and relieved. Again, thank you for all of your help- it was a huge gift to have your support and guidance while studying for the LSAT!” – Allison P., mid-150s to 170


P.S. If you're not sure whether a tutoring package is for you, keep in mind that you can start with a "Lightning-Round" session, and then, assuming it goes well, get the package that's best for you.

If you're interested in speaking with me and potentially working with me, shoot me an email - I typically respond within 24 hours.

Sincerely,
Steve J. Schwartz


P.P.S. If you’re having second thoughts about buying this....remember that I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If FOR ANY REASON you don’t like the tutoring, just let me know after the first session, and I'll give you back all your money the very next day.


P.P.P.S. If you consider how much money you'll make from increasing your LSAT score...this is such a tiny drop in the bucket.