Ep. 281: LSAT Excuse of the Week
Whether you’re prepping for the LSAT, or sitting for the LSAT, or getting ready to apply for law school, there are countless obstacles that can stand in your way. And as many obstacles there are—there are that many excuses for why things didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. On the flip side, if you’re prepared and cool as a cucumber, you can still perform under pressure and not pay for law school. Today the guys hear from a high-scorer who had an unfortunate Proctor U mishap, they weigh some advice about being a big fish in a small pond (will it be a pearl or a turd?!), they take a look at a claim that COVID may be causing some law schools to lose their accreditation, and they read “the excuse of the week” from their LSAT Demon classes. Plus, Nathan gives a brain teaser to Ben and the guys tackle another LR question from Prep Test 65.
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10:20 – Proctor U Shenanigans
So you’ve been busting yer ass, studying day in and out for the LSAT. Maybe even for more than a year. And you sit down feeling completely confident you’re gonna slay the LSAT-Flex. You get your shit set up, do a room tour with Proctor-U, and begin the test. LR? You destroy it. LG? Laid to waste in your wake. And just when you’re about to get in to RC, your digital proctor interrupts you, minimizes your browser window and congratulates you on finishing the test. “But wait!” you exclaim. You haven’t finished the test! Will this interruption mean the end of your otherwise golden test?
Such was the experience of one of your fellow listeners. The Proctor-U proctor made a massive boo-boo and prematurely ended this person’s test. Tune in to learn how this student got back on track, and hear from Nathan and Ben about how you can best respond to these types of shenanigans in the future.
31:03 – Excuse of the Week
It’s inevitable. When you’ve been teaching the LSAT as long as Ben and Nathan? You’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why you can’t study, why you can’t improve, or why you didn’t do as well on the official test as you wanted. So the guys though: why not share these excuses with the rest of y’all?! In this new, sometimes weekly segment, Nathan and Ben will read their favorite excuses from their classrooms or from the classes of the LSAT Demon tutors. This week, the guys hear from a student who has double time on the test. When they’re finished with a section? They’ve got a ton of time left over and they begin to panic. What to do with all of this extra time!!? Ben espouses the benefits of meditation and Nathan agrees—get comfortable with waiting. Every chance you have to wait and be still is an opportunity to get better at it.
37:59 – Pearls vs. Turds
In this week’s Pearls vs. Turds, the guys hear from A, who relays a piece of advice from a current 3L. What wisdom did said 3L bestow upon A? That, when it comes to law school, it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond. If you go to