Episode 11: Improving 10 LSAT points in 2 weeks with Nate Willis

Nate Willis made the leap from 141 to 151 on his practice LSATs in less than two weeks. How did he do it? Strategy discussion includes necessary and sufficient assumption questions, techniques for question identification, the power of redoing logic games, and much more.

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  1. Hey guys, I plan on taking the LSAT next summer and only just started studying this week. Since my GPA isn’t the best it could and should be (current cumulative 3.23), I believe I need to rely on a good LSAT score in order to ensure my admission into a good law school. I took my first preptest about two days ago and scored a 154, and would like to see that score range from 169-172 on the final go. However, I wanted to ask you guys is it possible to over study for the LSAT? It might sound odd, but seeing that I have so much time before I take the test I wanted your guys’ input on how much I should study in the coming days, weeks, and months in order to improve that score to the desired range. Obviously, I need to focus on my GPA, and seeing that my first-time preptest score was decent, what should I put more time and effort into? Additionally, how much will that GPA hurt me when I begin applying? I still have at least 4 semesters left until I graduate and can raise that up to 3.5-3.6 with the right effort, but wanted your guys’ input.

    Also, I am an English major, which gives me a decent background in the reading comprehension section; and I expect numbers for that section to only improve as I dive into more classes related to such.

    Thank you guys for the input, and I enjoy the podcast. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Hey Kent, thanks for the note. We’ll discuss these questions on a future show. Stay tuned!

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  3. Hey guys,

    I just listened to this episode and in it both of you agree underlining is a bad strategy in LR and RC. I wanted to share that I’ve found the opposite to be true. Before each practice test, I look over a notecard in my wallet with LSAT mantras like “each question requires a different strategy. know the strategy” and “each question is only worth 1 point” and “there are 2 ways to arrive at the correct answer.” Another bullet I have on there is, “an active pencil, an active mind.” I’ve found that when I’m mentally engaging with the question stimulus, I’m reading for structure, I’m searching for gaps, I’m mapping the support structure, and that all of that mental engagement shows on the paper in the form of underlines, brackets, arrows, etc. My worst practice test scores have been when I wasn’t taking the time to fully understand the stimulus and was rushing to the answer choices, and during those tests, the stimulus and answer choices are nearly devoid of pencil marks. Granted, I am scoring about -6 per LR section and have been able to answer every question, so this strategy might not apply to all students. I just wanted to push back against the notion that underlining is always bad because I have actually found it to be valuable. What do you guys think about this practice? Has your experience confirmed anything similar, or would you disagree?

    Thanks!!

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    1. In the statement “active pencil, active mind” the operative part is active MIND. If having an active pencil helps you achieve that, then more power to you. Unfortunately, many students get so caught up in “underlining the important parts” that they don’t even understand the argument. We never would have intentionally said that underlining NEVER helps. I, personally, never do it. I think Ben maybe sometimes does? In any case, both of us would encourage students to find techniques that work for them, even if we wouldn’t teach those techniques in class. Hope that makes sense! Thanks for writing.

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