The LSAT Advanced Prep Weekend
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) August 31, 2015
Who: John Richardson
Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Room TBA
When: November 7, 8 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: $495 + HST = $559.35
Registration: See below
Why: Lately I have been receiving a number of calls where people say something like …
I have already taken the LSAT. I have taken this LSAT course or that course. I have used this LSAT tutor or that LSAT tutor, I have used this LSAT book or that book. I am overwhelmed by all the steps and procedures. I need to take the LSAT again, etc, etc, etc.
It’s clear that these people do NOT need a “beginners” LSAT course. What they do need is to learn:
“How to get a larger number of right answers by applying a fewer number of skills.”
Furthermore, the reasons that people have trouble with the LSAT are more related to their reading than to their reasoning. The single most important skill tested on the LSAT is to accurately read and understand the INFORMATION you are expected to then REASON with.
That said, the focus of this weekend will be overwhelmingly on LSAT Logic Games and LSAT Logical Reasoning
But, I would like you to start right now. Here is a post that describes your objective in LSAT preparation and what you must achieve. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication in both LSAT and in life.
During the weekend, you will learn how to:
– why the LSAT is more of reading test than a reasoning test. In fact, the LSAT really should be called the “READ Test“
– identify a smaller number of LSAT skills/techniques that are ALWAYS relevant
– Simplicity is virtue. How to make the complex simple
– learn how to better understand what the LSAT question is telling you and HOW to work with that information (it is not possible to work with all the information that the LSAT throws your way)
– the Logic Games Toolbox (doing more with less)
– adjust the order in which you do the questions
– understand the differences between “diagramming” and “positioning” and how to get started answering questions more quickly
– conditional statements, parallel reasoning and how to better use “conditional statements” (a former president of Law Services call “conditional reasoning” the “basic LSAT reasoning task”) – but watch our for the most common of LSAT mistakes in conditional reasoning
– how to get your “best guess on record more quickly” (sometimes you are better off getting a question wrong quickly than getting it right slowly). “Different strokes for different folks.” How your personality type will affect the way that you answer LSAT questions.
– while we are on the topic of personality, there is some evidence that LSAT Prep affects your brain
– why you should NOT categorize LSAT Logical Reasoning questions and what you should ask about all Logical Reasoning questions
– identifying and avoiding the most common LSAT Logical Reasoning flaws
– how to strip LSAT arguments down to their bare essentials (so, what’s an LSAT argument anyway?)
– and more (plus you will actually have a lot of fun) …
My goal is to help you do more with a fewer number of skills that ALWAYS matter.
I once wrote a post on “Pre-LSAT Prep” …
But, before the weekend …
1. I urge all attendees to purchase and read “The New Official LSAT SuperPrep” from LSAT. There is a new edition available, but if you can’t get the new edition, the Old “Official LSAT SuperPrep” is fine.
2. I want you to read my list of “Best LSAT Blog Posts“. I have worked hard on them over the years.
Registration – Three ways:
1. Phone VISA or Mastercard: 416 410 7737
3. Use this form:
John Richardson – Mastering The LSAT – Toronto, Canada – 416 410 7737
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Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College
When: Multiple start dates – Courses starting on any of: November 16, 23, 30
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) September 23, 2013
LSAT October 5, 2013
What: LSAT Logic Games, LSAT Logical Reasoning and Law School Personal Statement Workshop
When: Sunday September 29, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405
Who: John Richardson
Fee: $195 + HST
Pre-registration IS required. Use this form. Your registration will be confirmed by email.
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) July 25, 2013
I came across the article referenced in the above tweet. It’s an interesting read and includes:
But, I just can’t shake the feeling that my students would have been much better served in a more traditional face-to-face setting. So, sadly, I know that it is now time for me to put down my grading mouse and walk away from the keyboard.
To be fair, I’m confident that all students did learn something in the classes I have taught, but that doesn’t mean I should call the courses a success.
Let’s walk through many of the reasons for why I feel that education, including MOOCs (massive open online courses) and online distance learning, is travelling down a dangerously slippery slope.
The internet has made quality education available to anybody, anywhere, at any time. World class universities are making their courses available online. You may not get a degree for taking the course, but the knowledge is available. I would argue that the online world may be the best place to provide information. After all, the information can be read, read again and absorbed at your own pace. Too tired? That’s fine. Come back to it when you are feeling better. Don’t like the teacher? Fine, find another one.
More and more people are taking online LSAT courses. Some are opting to take online courses instead of live courses. This is a trend that is certain to continue.
LSAT prep is NOT the about providing information. It’s about developing “reading and reasoning” skills that must be applied in a “high pressure” environment. Those who achieve the highest LSAT scores are those who are best able to apply the basic “reading and reasoning” skills consistently, effectively and quickly. In other words, LSAT prep is more like preparing for an athletic event. Is an online class or a live class the better environment to achieve this?
I would be very interested in your thoughts.
If you have take a formal logic course, you will recognize this as the logical fallacy of “affirming the consequent“. The LSAT test designers recognize it as a tool to attract you to the wrong answer.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is a nice picture that explains why bad backward reasoning is bad. Hat tip to “LSAT Freedom”.
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) July 8, 2013
— LSAT Freedom (@LSATFreedom) July 7, 2013
Bad backward reasoning is one of many components taught in university logic courses. It is an aspect of the proper understanding of “conditional statements”. Listen to my interview of Professor D. Bennet about her book “Logic Made Easy“.
The LSAT is a test of reading and reasoning. Many LSAT test takers have difficulty with “LSAT language” and some of the basic logical rules of inference. Deborah J. Bennett is a math professor at New Jersey City University. She is also the author of the book “Logic Made Easy“. “Logic Made Easy” is a very practical and readable book on the principles of logic. I have recommended it to many pre–laws as part of their LSAT prep. During the interview Professor Bennett references questions from the October 1996 LSAT exam.
The interview also includes a discussion of LSAT quantifiers and the importance of LSAT simplification. As always the LSAT READ Principle shines through by inference. “Logic Made Easy” is a book that can be used through both the “Pre-LSAT Prep” and LSAT prep process.
The interview is at BlogTalkRadio.
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) February 4, 2013
Reproduced from LSATLogicGames.com – The Prep Course
Skill 1 – How To Accurately Understand The Conditions
If you don’t understand the conditions, you will be unable to make accurate inferences from them. Every Logic Games condition or rule is a “built in” reading test.
LSAT designers are very skilled in obscuring important information. As a general principle you must understand:
– positioning issues (where do things go)
– numbering issues (how many objects are you working with? Are there too few, too many, or is it one-to-one correspondence?
– How does the order of the conditions influence the way that you must understand them?
– Quantifiers: all, some, many, exactly, only, etc.
I highly recommend that you visit “discoverlaw.org”. It is either run by or in conjunction with the Law School Admission Council (the people who brought you the LSAT).
It was conducted by Lori Davis, who is a senior test specialist at LSAT. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that LSAT has run a seminar dedicated to LSAT preparation. As a long time, LSAT prep class teacher, I was interested to hear what LSAT says about its own test. I was treated to one hour of “LSAT on the LSAT”. It was interesting. I made notes and decided to put those notes on my LSAT blog and social media sites. What follows is a summary of the Webinar (both the information given and the my impressions of it) for the benefit of those who were unable to attend. Discoverlaw.org will be running more LSAT prep Webinars.