Beginner’s Guide: The LSAT 101-Do’s and Don’ts

Beginner’s Guide: The LSAT 101-Do’s and Don’ts

So maybe you’re debating if you want to go to law school, or you’re already in the midst of studying for the LSAT. Whatever it may be, I have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts, as well as helpful tips for anyone who is thinking about/is taking the LSAT for the first time! With the March LSAT date coming up soon, I figured now would be the perfect time to share my tips and tricks for studying for the LSAT.

☆ Do’s

  • Study -I know this seems obvious but I’ve heard of people going into an LSAT never having studied and I have never been more scared for a person in my entire life
  • Practice-Take as many practice tests as you can. Before I took my LSAT, I took about 25 tests over the course of 6 months. When I was a month out from my test, I was taking a practice test once or twice a week to prepare myself for the marathon that is taking the LSAT.
  • Consider taking a Prep Course– These can definitely get expense, but look at it as an investment in your future law career. I took the Powerscore course off of a recommendation from a friend, and I loved it. You can choose a plan that works best for you, and they send you all the materials you need. I wouldn’t have known even where to start had I not done a prep course, so for me it was definitely worth it.
  • Go over questions you got wrong AND right– A lot of people always say to review your wrong answers, but reviewing questions you got right is just as important. I definitely wish I had done more of this because I think it really could have helped me. Sometimes when you get a question right you may have guessed, but when you’re checking your answers you may not remember that, and just assume you knew the right answer 100%. Once you get the hang of the test, I’d definitely recommend spending a good amount of your study time reviewing past test items, and item type to really see where you weaknesses are.

☆ Don’ts

  • Do not wait until the last minute to study/take a practice test– If you look online, a lot of prep courses or websites say to allow yourself at least 6 months to study. I’d 100% recommend this or even more. If you have the time to take two LSATs, you definitely should. Chances are you may not be as happy with your first score, or you may be able to do a little bit better, so having at least the option to take a second test is always the better bet than being stuck with only one test date before applications are due.
  • Do not go over board studying the day before and/or the morning of the exam- this will only stress you out and may not help you in the long run. If you end up getting some questions wrong, chances are you’ll feel discouraged and it will not help your mental state for the test. If anything, I’d recommend maybe reviewing a few questions you have gotten right to make sure you really grasp a certain concept, but even that I would do minimally.
  • Do not leave questions blank on the exam– You only get credit for the questions you get right, so if you don’t know the answer, you’re better off guessing than putting nothing. You have a 25% chance of getting it right, rather than a 100% chance of getting it wrong.
  • Do not psych yourself out- Easier said than done, but if you prepare well enough, when it comes to take the exam it won’t be as nerve wracking as you thought. Also, don’t talk about the exam questions or the exam in general before, during breaks, or after the test. Not only is it against LSAC rules, but it’s not going to make you feel better to hear that the person next to you thought the last section was super easy and you could barely make it through all the questions. (Also, not everyone has the exact same test, so even if you did try to compare to someone else, you wouldn’t even be comparing the same type of section)

I hope this helped any of you out there who are considering or taking the LSAT! I’ve definitely learned plenty from my experiences studying and taking the exam, so I’m always happy to share. Do you guys have any tips/tricks for taking a hard exam like the LSAT?

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Ah, our nation’s capital. What a truly beautiful place to visit. The first time I went to DC I was a sophomore in high school, and I was mesmerized by the living and nostalgic history that is present no matter where you go. Fast forward to college, when my best friend decided to attend George Washington University, and I found myself visiting more and more. D.C has quickly grown into one of my favorite cities to visit, (partly because I always love seeing my best friend) with endless things to do, great food, and fascinating sights, you really cannot go wrong.

☆ First, the sights.

When you go to D.C you HAVE to go to the monuments. You have to. It’s a non negotiable. I know it’s super touristy, and you may think it’s overhyped, but let me tell you, it’s not. Every time I see them I’m just as mesmerized by them as I was the first time I saw them. My personal favorites are the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.

*Tip- if you have the chance to, definitely go see them at night, it’s magical.

☆ Food

No matter what you’re in the mood for, like any city, D.C has many options. On one of my recent trips, I went to a Mexican restaurant called Mission in Navy Yard and oh my gosh, it was amazing. The food, the drinks, you can’t go wrong, they’re were all to-die-for. It’s conveniently located across from Nationals Park so if you’re in town to see a game, I highly recommend checking Mission out.

Another great option is Sweet Green, if you’re in the mood for one of the greatest salads on earth, or A Baked Joint if you want incredible brunch and coffee. Baked and Wired is also owned by the same people if you’re looking for amazing baked goods that come in vegan and gluten free options in the Georgetown area.

If you’re looking for another fantastic option, definitely check out Founding Farmers They have giant french toast sticks filled with cream, so you basically are required to stop and try some.

☆ Museums

So there’s an incredibly large amount of museums in D.C, but I thought i would share my favorites that I’ve visited.

The Newseum– if you’ve never been here, you NEED to go. It’s a museum centering around the role free press has played in major historic events and the effects of the media. They have tons of exhibits ranging from a 9/11 gallery to an “Inside the FBI” gallery, and a Berlin Wall gallery.

If you’re for something more art related, the Renwick Gallery is amazing. It’s a Smithsonian Art Museum and they have some of the coolest exhibits and pieces. I went once back in college and I still hold it as one of my favorite D.C experiences.

Me on the floor of Renwick Gallery, yes it was allowed.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Travel Diary, and stay tuned for more to come! As always, keep it klassy, xo.